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Dr. Christopher Bulger

Vascular Surgery
Manchester, CT
24 years experience male

Locations

Office

Manchester, CT

Address

Echn Health Services Vascular, 29 Haynes Street, Manchester, CT
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Office

Glastonbury , CT

About

Bio

I approach every patient with the understanding of the importance of treating vein disease early and aggressively to relieve symptoms and promote function

Specialties
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Vascular Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

31 Answers
39 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Possibly: While infection may create inflamation with associated swelling, unilateral leg or lower extremity swelling is also associated with other conditions ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Hand surgeon : While both specialities have the ability to do an arterial repair, tendon and nerve repair in the forearm and hand should be seen by a specialist.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Not safely: Please do not attempt procedures on yourself. Puncturing veins under the skin places you at risk for infection and scarring. Spider veins are treata... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Not normal: After removal of an IV catheter, the vein should seal itself. Occasionally it may thrombose or clot, this process can be uncomfortable and is called ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Screening test: Ultrasound is a good screening test for carotid stenosis which is a risk factor for a stroke, however the ultrasound even in an accredited lab is not ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
No: Amputuation is not always the only option. Additional therapies may include aggressive surgical debridement, 6 weeks of specific antibiotics and occa... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
No: Topically applied Insulin does not have a therapeutic effect on healing. However, good blood sugar control is essential in addition to offloading fo... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Situational depression is common in patients recently diagnosed with life changing/threatening diseases such as renal failure or severe kidney disease... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Mobility: Through knee amputations are unusual. The level at which an amputation is performed is based on the viability of the remaining tissue, the blood flow... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Calf contraction: An unna's boot provides compression that is highest under calf contraction such as with walking. The bandage exerts a force that resists blood being ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Vein treatment: Varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency. Treatment of venous insufficiency can include compression stocking use, endovenous ablation, scler... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Ultrasound: Duplex ultrasound is diagnostic for most dvt's except in the iliac or vena cava where a ct venogram is diagnostic. Symptoms include leg pain and swell... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream: Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) is a topical anesthetic that can be applied over the target area 30min prior to puncture.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Daily dressings: Daily dressing changes at a minimum are essential for infected wounds even in the era modern dressing supplies. Debridements performed when necessar... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Revascularization is common due to the progressive nature of peripheral vascular disease. After an original bypass, scar tissue or intimal hyperplasia... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Age dependent: As a first degree relative you should be screened at the age , five years before your mother was diagnosed, or at any time if you have symptoms.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Eliminate, no: However recent study has demonstrated that Niacin my decrease plaque in the artery.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: An ultrasound can diagnose an abdominal aortic aneurysm. However, looking at the aorta would have to be part of the study protocol. An ultrasound or... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Control bleeding: In addition to direct pressure to control bleeding over the site, limit the victims activity. If resources are available, wrap the severed appendage ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Possibly: Restlessness, especially at the end of the day may be a sign of untreated venous insufficiency.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Blockage in a vein: Clot or "solid blood" occurs when proteins change within the liquid blood. It can occur in the venous and/or the arterial circulation. Arterial clo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Known risk: Trauma and immobility are two primary factors leading to development of venous thrombosis. Age and surgical repair would increase the risk in additio... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Varicose veins, venous reflux, hypercoagulable states, limited mobility, trauma to the vein.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Narrow artery: The aorta is the main blood vessel. A stenosis is a narrowing. The main problems with the narrowing are that it can a) limit the blood flow to organ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Worse during pregnan: Lack of activity including prolonged sitting can lead to venous hypertension. If venous insufficiency is present in addition then varicosities may be... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Separation: A normal artery is composed of three layers tightly bound together. A dissection is when those layers "come unglued" . They separate allowing blood ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Narrow arteries: Peripheral vascular or peripheral arterial disease refers to a pathologic process where the arteries are weakened damaged or blocked. This is typical... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
No: Sitting in and of itself does not lead to venous insufficiency and subsequent varicose veins. Prolonged immobility may lead to venous stasis and form... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Swelling, pain: Varicose veins may be painless, depending on their size and chonicity. If they thrombose they are typically painful and swollen. Early on they may i... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Depends on clot: As the thrombus recanalizes your swelling and discomfort should diminish. This occurs usually over the first several months. Use of compression stock... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Common when pregnant: Varicose veins and venous insufficiency can be exacerbated by pregnancy. However, prolonged bedrest is a risk factor for developing a blood clot, whi... Read More

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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Dr. Ted King
Nov 8, 2012
Dr. Bulger is a knowledgeable and thorough vein specialist and vascular surgeon. He takes excellent care of patients and is an asset to the field of vein disease treatment.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Bulger is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Bulger is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Graduated 1998MD

Medical/Graduate school

Texas Tech University School of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

University of Illinois Medical Center

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Society for Vascular Surgery
Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society
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