n South African Journal of Surgery - The Vascular Society of Southern Africa (VASSA) : editorial

Volume 53, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



The development of vascular surgery in the 1970s as a distinct subspecialty of general surgery was based on the fact that this discipline required a subtle but real difference in approach and surgical skills, with specific requirements for training. The subsequent development of a plethora of endovascular therapies during the last two decades has also mandated that surgeons practising in this field acquire skills that are not part of general surgical training. As a consequence for those interested in this emerging specialty, the formation of professional societies that promote excellence in the development, teaching and practice of vascular surgery became progressively more attractive.

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