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Vascular Surgery

We provide a specialist vascular service treating such conditions as varicose veins and aortic aneurysms and cases of vascular injury and trauma.

We also provide an emergency service for ruptured aneurysms and cases of vascular injury and trauma.

Patients admitted to hospital for elective and emergency treatment receive high quality care.

Inpatients are admitted to University Hospital North Durham or Darlington Memorial Hospital day case procedures are carried out at Bishop Auckland Hospital and Shotley Bridge Hospital.

Specialist staff support the service - specialist nurses and radiology.

Vascular surgery is a speciality of surgery in which diseases of the vascular system or arteries and veins are surgical reconstruction.

Conditions treated by vascular surgeons include: varicose veins thread veins circulation disorders of the upper or lower limbs and aneurysms carotid disease surgery to prevent stroke.

Common conditions treated include abdominal aortic aneurysm Claudication TIA/ Stroke prevention (carotid endarterectomy) critical limb ischaemia and varicose veins.

We offer specialist nurse led claudication clinics and rapid access carotid endarterectomy via the TIA clinics.

We perform aneurysm repair using both the open and endovascular route (EVAR) and treat peripheral disease using both endovascular angioplasty and stenting and bypass operations where required.

Patients with suitable varicose veins can be treated either with traditional operation or VNUS (endovascular radioablation).

We provide a tertiary service for hyperhidrosis offering botox treatment local surgery and sympathectomy.

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All consultants are members of the Vascular Surgical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and part of the National Vascular Audit.

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital