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Vascular Surgery

Dr. Charles Bailey explains how difference between vascular surgery and other specialties. 

What to Expect from our Experts

Vascular surgeons diagnose, treat, and manage conditions of your arteries and veins, also called your blood vessels. These specialists treat a range of health problems, from spider and varicose veins to life-threatening aneurysms, and can help patients manage chronic conditions throughout their lives.  

Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. When you develop peripheral artery disease (PAD), your extremities — usually your legs — don't receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking (claudication). Peripheral artery disease is also likely to be a sign of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries (atherosclerosis). This condition may be reducing blood flow to your heart and brain, as well as your legs.

At USF Health, our board certified vascular surgeons have expertise in the management of a wide-range of vascular diseases utilizing the most advanced medical therapy, surgical or endovascular procedure at Tampa General Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center, as well as James Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Bay Pines VA Hospital. 

USF Health is also home to the Comprehensive Vein Center, a center dedicated to treating the full spectrum of venous disease.

Commonly vascular services include:

  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Aortic care
  • Arteriovenous access for hemodialysis
  • Carotid artery disease, blockage and aneurysms
  • Deep vein thrombosis and thrombophlebitis
  • Entrapment syndromes
  • Leg pain and foot wounds
  • Leg swelling
  • Lower extremity blockage
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Renal and mesenteric arterial oclusive disease
  • Thoracic and abdominal aneurysms
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Varicose veins and blood clots
  • Vascular trauma
  • Vein disease


USF Health vascular surgeons work closely with Tampa General Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute Aortic Disease to offer advanced care to patients with aortic conditions.

Patients can directly contact the Aortic Disease Program and physicians can refer a patient by calling: (813) 844-3900, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For patients with aneurysms - please contact the TGH Aortic Disease Program -- a coordinator will contact patients within 24 hours. 

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