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Dr. Michael F. Bardwil

Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Michael Bardwil is a vascular surgeon practicing in Houston, Texas. Dr. Bardwil specializes in disorders relating to the arterial, venous and lymphatic systems. As a vascular surgeon, Dr. Bardwil diagnoses and treats vascular diseases and performs vasular surgeries. Common conditions that a vascular surgeon treats are aneurysms, atherosclerosis and varicose veins. Vascular specialists might also treat trauma, venous ulcers, poor leg circulation, peripheral arterial disease and other vascular-related issues.
Dr. Michael F. Bardwil
  • Houston, Texas
  • University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
  • Accepting new patients

What is claudication?

Claudication is a term use to describe pain with walking. It is usually applied to PAD, and occurs because there is blockage in the arteries, but the blood flow is still adequate READ MORE
Claudication is a term use to describe pain with walking. It is usually applied to PAD, and occurs because there is blockage in the arteries, but the blood flow is still adequate if you are sitting or resting. When you go to walk or exercise then more oxygen is consumed than the arteries can supply, and this causes the pain in your calf, which goes away with rest. Interventional radiologists and cardiologists have also started seeing patients with arterial disease, but don't make that mistake. Make sure you see a vascular surgeon,

Do spider veins get worse?

Spider veins can get worse, they don't turn into varicose veins.

What is the treatment for varicose veins?

Treatment begins with proper diagnosis. Self a board certified vascular surgeon, who performs his own ultrasound. Lots of specialists such as cardiologist, radiologists, and specialists READ MORE
Treatment begins with proper diagnosis. Self a board certified vascular surgeon, who performs his own ultrasound. Lots of specialists such as cardiologist, radiologists, and specialists trained in specialties completely unrelated to veins. If someone refers to themselves as a phlebologist or vein specialist, that's a pretty good indicator that they're not a vascular surgeon. If you see a vascular surgeon, he will assess you, properly diagnose your problem, and prescribe appropriate treatment.

What causes sudden varicose veins?

Treatment begins with proper diagnosis. See a board certified vascular surgeon, who performs his own ultrasound. Lots of specialists such as cardiologist, radiologists, and specialists READ MORE
Treatment begins with proper diagnosis. See a board certified vascular surgeon, who performs his own ultrasound. Lots of specialists such as cardiologist, radiologists, and specialists trained in specialties completely unrelated to veins. If someone refers to themselves as a phlebologist or vein specialist, that's a pretty good indicator that they're not a vascular surgeon. If you see a vascular surgeon, he will assess you, properly diagnose your problem, and prescribe appropriate treatment.

Why does my leg swell if I have varicose veins?

Perhaps. The veins You see may be an indication of an underlying problem, or could be unrelated. A venous ultrasound exam answer the question. see a board certified vascular surgeon, READ MORE
Perhaps. The veins You see may be an indication of an underlying problem, or could be unrelated. A venous ultrasound exam answer the question. see a board certified vascular surgeon, avoid cardiologists and radiologists masquerading as vein specialists. They tend to tell everyone they see that their veins need treatment, whether they need them or not.

Is an aortic aneurysm fixable?

It is recommended to repair abdominal aortic aneurysm once they reach a certain size, if the person with the aneurysm is otherwise healthy. Up until fairly recently, the repair READ MORE
It is recommended to repair abdominal aortic aneurysm once they reach a certain size, if the person with the aneurysm is otherwise healthy. Up until fairly recently, the repair involved a big operation, with a long abdominal incision. Most can now be repaired with a much less invasive procedure.

Compression knee highs

Your legs will likely feel better if you wear either knee high or thigh support, the compression helps with symptoms. They don't treat your veins.

Do varicose veins come back after treatment?

We treat vein problems, we don't cure them. While the vein may be eliminated, if you have a tendency to have vein problems, then you will have a tendency to have vein problems. READ MORE
We treat vein problems, we don't cure them. While the vein may be eliminated, if you have a tendency to have vein problems, then you will have a tendency to have vein problems.

What is a vascular surgeon?

Vascular Surgeons complete a General Surgery residency and then complete additional training in treatment of arterial and venous disease. Cardiologists, complete a residency in READ MORE
Vascular Surgeons complete a General Surgery residency and then complete additional training in treatment of arterial and venous disease. Cardiologists, complete a residency in internal medicine, and then study treatment of heart disease. Since arterial disease and heart disease have many similar risk factors, some interventional cardiologists, those who place stents in heart arteries, have expanded the scope of their practice to treat other arteries in the body with stents. While their role in the treatment of arterial disease is arguable, their role in the treatment of venous disease is not.
Risk factors, disease processes and treatment options for arterial disease and venous disease are completely different. Vascular surgeons are well versed in the differences, because they are the only specialty with formal training in venous disease. There is a standard of care for treatment of venous disease, and vascular surgeons set it. Because they lack comparable education and experience, cardiologists dabbling with “treating leaky vein valves” have no role in the treatment of venous disease.