Vascular surgery

Our vascular surgeons & interventional radiologists treat vascular problems

St Vincent’s Private Hospitals offer a wide range of vascular surgery related services, for details of the vascular surgery services at your local St Vincent’s Private Hospital, click here.

Vascular surgery can help with a wide range of problems affecting veins and arteries.

At St Vincent’s Private Hospitals, vascular surgery is used to treat problems affecting your veins and arteries. Vascular problems can affect any area of your body including the abdomen, were a bulge in an artery called the ‘aorta’ would put you at risk of internal bleeding. The peripheral arteries, where plaque can build up and prevent enough blood from getting to your lower legs and feet. The peripheral veins which can bulge, causing ‘varicose veins’ which can be painful and unsightly.

The brain and the heart can also be affected by vascular problems such as blood clots. Neurosurgeons and cardiothoracic surgeons treat these areas.

 Our vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists

Our vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists are amongst Australia’s leading and most respected practitioners, who have all undergone a rigorous process of assessment prior to gaining admitting privileges to our hospitals.

We have vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists with interests and expertise in all aspects of vascular surgery.

Our vascular procedures

Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.

  • Varicose veins
  • Venous ulcers
  • Thoracic and abdominal aneurysms
  • Blood clots and deep vein thrombosis
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Uterine fibroids and adenomyosis
  • Pelvic congestion syndrome
  • Dilated veins in the scrotum
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Lymphoedema
  • Complications of diabetes

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are enlarged veins, usually in your legs, where the valves in your veins aren’t working as they should to transport blood back to your heart. The blood is pooling in them, causing them to swell up, become painful and unsightly.

Left untreated, varicose veins can become inflamed, cause eczema as well as bleeding and painful leg ulcers.

Varicose veins

How are varicose veins treated

We use several different treatments for varicose veins. All our procedures work by diverting blood through other, deeper veins instead of the veins you can see on the surface.

Varicose vein treatments include:

  • Simply sealing off the veins by injecting them with a substance that creates a blood clot 
  • Varicose vein stripping surgery which we recommend for more severe or complicated varicose veins. With this procedure, we remove the vein through a small incision in your groin.
  • Other procedures involve laser, radiofrequency ablation or sealing up the vein with glue 

Your surgeon can advise you about the best approach to treating your varicose veins.


This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.

Find a hospital near you offering vascular surgery

Our Department of Vascular Surgery treats people with diseases of the arteries, veins, and lymphatics. All aspects of vascular disease are managed with open and endovascular therapy.

Common conditions treated include:

  • Aneurysms of thoracic and abdominal aorta, using state-of-the-art stenting and fenestrated grafts
  • Chronic limb ischaemia 
  • Occlusive disease of aorta, visceral, renal arteries and peripheral arteries
  • Treatment and prevention of stroke
  • Traumatic and atherosclerotic dissections
  • Renal transplantations: we have a multidisciplinary team including vascular surgeons, urologists and neurosurgeons
  • Vascular access for dialysis and administration of drugs
  • Varicose veins, venous ulcers, venous thrombosis and compression syndromes
  • Radiofrequency ablation, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and open embolisation venous stenting.

The Department is active in researching and introducing new techniques in treatment of all aspects of vascular surgery, all of our specialists within this team have conjoint teaching appointments at UNSW and University of Notre Dame.

Your GP can refer you to one of our vascular surgeons or interventional radiologists.

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Vascular surgery at the Mater Hospital encompasses operations and interventions to all areas of the vascular system, which include arteries and veins. The exceptions to this are the heart and intracranial vessels.

Our minimally-invasive procedures provide treatment for conditions commonly treated with open surgery. These types of endovascular (inside the vessel) interventions offer minimal hospital stays and faster recovery times.

Our vascular consultants care for patients with the following conditions:

  • Aortic pathology including aneurysms and aortic dissection
  • Peripheral vascular disease leading to claudicant leg pain, critical limb ischaemia and leg ulcers
  • Diabetic feet
  • Chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Hyperhidrosis

Our procedures include:

  • Carotid artery procedures for stroke prevention
  • Dialysis access and fistula formation
  • Endoscopic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis 

We provide minimally-invasive correction of:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Thoracic aneurysms
  • Aortic dissections
  • Carotid artery stenosis via stenting
  • Lower limb arterial disease (peripheral arterial disease)
  • Iliofemoral venous thrombosis

Varicose vein procedures:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy
  • Endovenous laser treatment
  • Open varicose vein surgery 

Open surgery for:

  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Bypass surgery for arterial occlusions
  • Venous disease

These services are supported by:

  • A 12-bed intensive care unit
  • Allied health services including radiology and physiotherapy

Your GP can refer you to one of our vascular surgeons or interventional radiologists.

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In addition to conventional vascular surgery performed in the main operating theatre, vascular surgeons, radiologists, cardiologists and other related specialists have the opportunity to perform studies and interventions in all parts of the vascular tree by using the latest technology in the endo-vascular suite.  This state-of-the–art unit was the first model of its kind in Victoria and is designed to cope with the requirements of modern angiography.  The availability of our onsite ultrasound service provides a one-stop-shop cardiovascular service from diagnostic to intervention.

Your GP can refer you to one of our vascular surgeons or interventional radiologists.

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St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee provides health services for up to 16,000 patients living and working in Wyndham, one of Australia's fastest growing municipalities.

 Your GP can refer you to one of our vascular surgeons or interventional radiologists.

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Our vascular procedures include:

  • Varicose vein treatments
  • Radiofrequency ablation for veins

Our approach to your care

  • Extensive menu with all meals freshly prepared on site and made to order
  • Free wifi
  • Our facility offers peaceful gardens spaces for quiet reflection
  • Access to pastoral care services and chapel with services held monthly
  • Coffee shop onsite offering beverages, light meals and the opportunity to socialise with visitors.
Your GP can refer you to one of our vascular surgeons or interventional radiologists.

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At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, we are especially committed to delivering excellent care, pursuing cutting-edge research and embracing new and emerging technologies and therapeutics to ensure we remain at the forefront of medicine in Australia, as well as abroad.

We have specially trained health professionals that deliver high quality services in vascular surgery.

Your GP can refer you to one of our vascular surgeons or interventional radiologists.

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Our Vascular Surgeon can treat patients with diseases of the arteries, veins, and lymphatics.
Common conditions treated include:

  • Carotid disease for treatment and prevention of stroke
  • Minimally invasive treatment of peripheral vascular disease
  • Endovascular repair of aortic pathology
  • Management of Diabetic foot disease
  • Varicose veins, venous ulcers, venous thrombosis and compression syndromes

Your GP can refer you to one of our vascular surgeons or interventional radiologists.

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