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Northland DHB Vascular Service

Public Service, Vascular Surgery

Description

The Northland DHB Vascular Service is run by vascular surgeons from Auckland DHB. 

What is Vascular Surgery?
Vascular surgery is the branch of surgery that involves the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the vessels that carry blood away from (arteries) and back to (veins) your heart.

Vascular disorders include blockages and narrowings of the vessels, abnormal swellings of the vessels (aneurysm) or vessel malfunctions.

The disease processes involved in vascular disorders often involve other body systems and your treatment may therefore require the combined efforts of other medical specialists such as radiologists and general physicians.

Referral Expectations

When you come to your appointment, you may be seen by either a medical specialist or vascular surgeon. They will ask questions about your illness and examine you to try to determine or confirm the diagnosis. This process may also require a number of tests (e.g. blood tests, x-rays, scans etc).  Sometimes this can all be done during one visit, but for some conditions this will take several follow-up appointments.  Occasionally some tests are arranged even before your appointment to try to speed up the process.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your treatment will be discussed with you. In some instances this will mean surgery, while other cases can be managed with medication and advice. If surgery is advised, the steps involved in the surgical process and the likely outcome are usually discussed with you at this time.

Common Conditions

  • Aortic Aneurysm

    This is the dilatation or ballooning of a section of the aorta which is the main artery coming out of the heart.… More

  • Carotid Artery Disease

    You have two carotid arteries, one on either side of your neck, that supply blood to your brain.… More

  • Hyperhidrosis

    Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that may occur over the entire body or only in certain parts, most commonly the face, underarms, palms of the hands and soles of the feet.… More

  • Peripheral Vascular Disease

    Peripheral Vascular Disease More PDF

  • Ulcers

    Ulcers More

  • Varicose Veins

    Varicose Veins More

Contact Details

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 430 4100

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Whangarei Hospital
2 Hospital Road
Whangarei

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Whangarei Hospital
Private Bag 9742
Whangarei 0148

This page was last updated at 2:12PM on May 10, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Vascular Service.