Vascular Surgery FAQ

For more information, or to make a vascular surgery appointment, call: (678) 843-5400

Q:Who are vascular surgeons?

Answer:Vascular surgeons are physicians who care for patients with diseases that affect the arteries and veins throughout the body. This medical specialty first emerged in the early 1950′s as a hybrid between general and cardiac surgery. Over the next three decades, pioneers in this specialty expanded their knowledge of the disease processes that affect blood vessels and helped to develop many of the diagnostic modalities and treatments that we use today. Board certification assures that the physician has demonstrated his expertise in that discipline.

Q:What do I need to bring to my initial appointment?

Answer:Please bring a copy of your current insurance card, a photo ID, a referral from your PCP if your insurance requires it and any records/reports from your referring physician.

Q:Do you participate with many insurance companies?

Answer:We are providers with most insurance companies. If your plan requires a referral, please make sure you have a valid referral prior to making your appointment.

Q:Will I have to pay a co-pay for just an ultrasound?

Answer:Some insurance companies require a co-insurance or deductible however, you will be billed by Saint Joseph’s hospital and not Saint Joseph’s Medical Group for this service.

Q:When will I get my ultrasound test results?

Answer:Patients that were referred by one of our vascular surgeons will receive their test results immediately following with an office visit or if they do not have an office visit scheduled, they will receive follow up recommendations via telephone within ten business days. Test results will not be available prior to this time.

If you are a patient wanting ultrasound test results for varicose vein procedures such as EVLT, VNUS Closure, high-ligation or sclerotherapy you will receive your test results and further instructions via letter within 3-4 weeks.

If you were referred for testing by a physician other than our doctors, please follow up with your physician for test results and follow up recommendations.

Q:Why do I have to do a predetermination for varicose vein treatment and how long does it take?

Answer:Our predetermination process takes approximately eight weeks. This gives us and your insurance company enough time to prepare and review our treatment plan for medical necessity. The majority of insurance companies considers varicose vein treatment to be cosmetic and will review our records against their criteria to determine medical necessity. As soon as we hear back from your insurance company you will get a letter in the mail with instructions and a timeframe for the treatment plan. You will also receive a follow up phone call from our office. Medicare is one of the few insurance plans that do not require any prior approval.

Q:Does your office do any vascular screenings?

Answer:Yes, we offer Carotid Artery/Stroke Prevention, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Peripheral Arterial Disease screenings. Our goal is to provide an affordable and accurate screening program that will inform each patient immediately of their vascular assessment. A final, physician signed report will be mailed to each patient within 10 business days.

Upon completion of your evaluation, should there be an abnormal vascular finding, our lab has the ability to complete a full comprehensive examination of the abnormal area. Our staff will contact your primary care physician to determine if such request is warranted. The full examination can be performed immediately with your test results discussed with a member of our medical staff.

The complete Vascular Assessment includes all three examinations and can be purchased for the price of $125.00. Each individual exam can be obtained for $45.00

Q:Why should I get a vascular screening?

Answer:

  • Risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Over the age of 55
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Family history of aortic aneurysm
  • History of stroke
  • Symptoms:

  • Dizziness/vertigo
  • Numbness or tingling of any extremity
  • Vision disturbances
  • Difficulty walking, especially up hill
  • Low back pain that has not been effectively treated with other diagnosis

If you have any of these risk factors or symptoms, then you may be at risk or have some form of vascular disease. Call one of our office locations to set up your screening exam today.

Q:What is peripheral vascular disease?

Answer:Peripheral vascular disease refers to diseases of blood vessels outside the heart and brain. It's often a narrowing of the vessels that carry blood to leg and arm muscles. There are two types of these circulation disorders:

  • Functional peripheral vascular diseases don't have an organic cause and don't involve defects in blood vessels' structure. They're usually short-term effects and can come and go. Raynaud's disease (or Raynaud's phenomenon) is an example. It can be triggered by cold temperatures, emotional stress, working with vibrating machinery or smoking.
  • Organic peripheral vascular diseases are caused by structural changes in the blood vessels (such inflammation and tissue damage). Peripheral artery disease is an example. It's caused by atherosclerosis.
Q:Where do I check-in for my arteriogram or other vascular surgeries?

Answer:If your procedure is scheduled at Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta check in at Harold Harrison Pavilion, formerly known as Stella Maris.

If your procedure is scheduled at Northside Hospital, check in at admissions.

Q:What if I need to give my medication list to a nurse for my upcoming surgery/procedure and the office is closed?

Answer:You can fax your list to us at (678) 843-5449. Please make sure to put the names of your nurse and doctor on the copy. If it is during business hours you can call our office at (678) 843-5400 and ask to speak with your nurse. If they do not answer you may leave them a voicemail.

Q:How can I pay my bill?

Answer:You can send in your payment when you receive your statement. You may also pay with Visa or Mastercard by writing your card number on the back of your payment stub and mailing it to the address listed on the envelope. If you want to pay by phone or have questions about your bill, please call the Emory Business office at (404) 778-7318.