FAQ

Q: What is a vascular surgeon? What is a Phlebologist?

Phlebology

A: A vascular surgeon is a surgeon who has undergone extensive training and specialization in the field of vascular medicine, a field focused on the treatment of veins, arteries, blood vessels and circulatory system. Our surgeon has extensive experience diagnosing and treating vascular conditions, diseases, and disorders. A Phlebologist is a physician specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of veins.

Q: Is my physician Board Certified? What does this mean?

A: Yes, Dr. Sean B. D’Souza is triple Board Certified in General Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular surgery, and Phlebology. Board Certification involves a rigorous process of testing and peer evaluation to ensure a physician’s proficiency in their field and demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in his field of medicine or subspecialty.

Q: What does it mean to be a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons?

A: Often listed as FACS, it indicates that the surgeons education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed rigorous evaluation and are consistent with the highest standards achievable by one of the premiere surgical associations worldwide.

Q: What kinds of conditions do you treat?

A: We provide comprehensive care of both veins and arteries. We treat varicose veins and spider veins, peripheral artery disease referred to as PAD, carotid artery disease, renal artery disease, pelvic congestions syndrome, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), mesenteric artery disease, atherosclerosis, and aneurysmal disease, among others.

Q: Do you have an on-site vascular lab?

A: Yes, we offer non-invasive vascular testing for both venous and arterial disease, as well as, diagnostic ultrasound testing.  Our surgeon is also experienced in performing and evaluating invasive diagnostic testing and sclerotherapy for both arterial and venous disorders.  All testing is offered in our comprehensive facility.

Q: What does RPVI mean?

A: RPVI stands for Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation. RPVI are credentials offered exclusively to physicians and validates their clinical expertise in vascular ultrasonography interpretation and recognizes their skills and knowledge making consistent and reliable diagnosis in vascular disease.

Q: Are you accepting new patients?

A: Yes, we welcome all patients whether you are a referral or you have found us on your own.

Q: What Insurances do you accept?

A: We accept almost all Insurances (complete list available on our website).

Q: Do you do In-office procedures?

A: Yes, we are a comprehensive facility that evaluates, diagnosis, and treats both venous and arterial disorders.

Q: What hospital is your physician affiliated with?

A: Arrowhead Hospital, Banner Del Webb, and Banner Boswell primarily but Dr. D’Souza also sees patients and has active privileges at Scottsdale Shea, Scottsdale Thompson Peak, and Scottsdale Osborn.