1st Edition

How to be a Safe Consultant Vascular Surgeon from Day One The Unofficial Guide to Passing the FRCS (VASC)

By James Forsyth Copyright 2023
    368 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    368 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This is a highly pragmatic and down-to-earth guide to the “real world” of vascular surgery, written to help trainees pass the FRCS (Vasc) Examination the first time around, hopefully with flying colours! Through clear and concise chapters, a review of relevant vascular surgery papers, a solid grounding in up-to-date and relevant UK and European guidelines, and mock examination questions, this book should give candidates a fighting chance at exam success.

    Using his early experience, and insight gained from senior consultant vascular surgeons and mentors, author James Forsyth dispenses both facts and pearls of wisdom as he takes the prospective vascular surgeon through the core topics pertinent to a day one vascular consultant.

    This guide specifically covers:

    • “Building a strong foundation” with a focus on patient counselling, presentation skills, clear documentation, professionalism, and a foundational grasp of the key evidence base for vascular surgery
    • “Core vascular surgery topics” from chronic limb-threatening ischaemia to aorto-iliac aneurysms to symptomatic carotid artery disease to chronic venous disease
    • Pragmatic guide to the “bread & butter” vascular surgery operations
    • Fifty mock SBA assessment questions and answers, and numerous mock FRCS short and long cases that are blended into reality-based discussions to draw out key learning points

    This book is essential to any budding vascular surgeon intending to sit the FRCS (Vasc) examinations, and those who are about to start off as real day one consultant vascular surgeons. Indeed, the FRCS (Vasc) Examination is a bridge to becoming a true consultant vascular surgeon, and this book therefore is a “must-read” for anyone looking to cross that bridge.

    Introduction, PART 1: STRONG FOUNDATION 1.) 20 papers (and a few more), 2.) Patient counselling, 3.)Clear documentation, 4.) Be professional, 5.) How to present a vascular patient, PART 2: CORE VASCULAR SURGERY TOPICS 6.) Intermittent claudication, 7.) Diabetic foot disease, 8.) Chronic limb threatening ischaemia, 9.) Acute limb ischaemia, 10.) Aortoiliac aneurysms, 11.) Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm, 12.) Popliteal aneurysm, 13.) Descending thoracic aortic aneurysm, 14.) Type B aortic dissection, 15.) Symptomatic carotid artery disease, 16.) Vascular access, 17.) The IVDU groin, 18.) Chronic venous disease, 19.) Lower limb venous thromboembolism, 20.) Mesenteric arterial disease, 21.) Vascular trauma, 22.) Vascular graft & endograft infection, PART 3: "BREAD & BUTTER" VASCULAR SURGERY OPERATIONS, 23.) Open AAA repair, 24.) Carotid endarterectomy, 25.) Common femoral endarterectomy, 26.) Femoral- above knee popliteal bypass, 27.) Femoral-below knee popliteal bypass, 28.) Femoral embolectomy, 29.) Popliteal embolectomy, 30.) Brachial embolectomy, 31.) Lower limb fasciotomy, 32.) Hallux amputation, 33.) Foot debridement, 34.) Transmetatarsal amputation, 35.) Above knee amputation, 36.) Below knee amputation, 37.) Guillotine amputation, 38.) GSV Endovenous ablation, 39.) Saphenofemoral junction ligation and great saphenous vein stripping with multiple stab avulsions, 40.) Temporal artery biopsy, 41.) Brachiocephalic fistula creation, 42.) Peritoneal dialysis tube insertion (open), 43.) Peritoneal dialysis tube removal, PART 4: SINGLE BEST ANSWER ASSESSMENT, 44.) Questions, 45.) Answers, Index


    James Michael Forsyth FRCS Vascular Surgery Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2021 MSc Health Professions Education Hull York Medical School 2020 MBBS St George’s Hospital Medical School 2011 Professional Society Memberships • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh • British Society for Endovascular Therapy (BSET) • British Medical Association • Medical Protection Society • Association of Surgeons in Training

    "The author succeeds in producing a highly concise and contemporary text for the intended audience of senior vascular surgery trainees in the U.K. or Ireland. Vascular surgery trainees and other physicians outside of this region may benefit from the clinical content though to a lesser degree given the differences in training paradigms. This book is highly useful in compiling critical knowledge within an examination context. Though not a replacement for more encyclopedic texts, the book will likely be highly useful to its intended audience and provides the author's unique and personal insight." - Calvin Chao MD, Northwestern University