What we do
The Bradford Vascular Surgical Unit offers a comprehensive approach to the management of patients with arterial, venous and lymphatic disease.
The surgical team consists of vascular specialists who offer a full range of reconstructive arterial surgery including aneurysm repair (weakness in the wall of blood vessel), carotid endarterectomy (plaque removal), upper and lower limb revascularisation and limb salvage surgery, as well as providing vascular access surgery, diabetic foot management, treatment of hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) and a wide range of treatments for varicose veins.
The unit, which is supported by specialist vascular anaesthesiologists, works closely with a team of interventional radiologists who provide diagnostic ultrasound, arteriography and MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography), as well as endovascular therapy including angioplasty, stenting and endovascular aneurysm repair.
The unit also benefits from a vascular laboratory which provides a range of colour flow duplex ultrasound investigations, including a graft and aneurysm surveillance programme, and allows the unit to provide a one-stop service for patients referred to the joint TIA (stroke) clinic.
The unit, which consistently performs well against national standards, is based at the Bradford Royal Infirmary where it has a dedicated ward (ward 26) and an outpatient clinic which is based within Outpatients West on level 1.
The unit is noted for its effective team working and has won several awards (both local and national) for its working practices. The services also benefits from excellent physiotherapy and prosthetic support and is closely integrated with both the wound care service and the diabetic unit.
Senior surgeon Professor Vowden is also Clinical Director of The National Institute for Health Research's Healthcare Co-operative for Wound Prevention and Treatment which is also based at the hospital.