Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair may be performed by a variety of different types of surgeons: vascular surgeons, cardiac surgeons, or general surgeons.
A board-certified physician has completed an approved educational training program and an evaluation process including an examination designed to assess the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to provide quality patient care in that specialty. A specialty certificate is issued by a medical specialty certifying board, which is valid nationwide. Although certification is not required for an individual physician to practice medicine, most hospitals and managed care organizations require that at least a certain percentage of their staff be “board certified” (American Board of Medical Specialties).
- Vascular surgery
Board certification in vascular surgery is offered by the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery (American Board of Surgery).
- General surgery
A General Surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery is one who has acquired during training knowledge and experience related to the diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative management, including the management of complications, in essential content areas such as the alimentary tract; the abdomen and its contents; breast, skin, and soft tissue; the endocrine system; head and neck surgery; pediatric surgery; surgical critical care; surgical oncology; transplantation surgery; trauma and burns; and vascular surgery (American Board of Surgery).