An angiogram is x-ray imaging of the blood vessels( arteries and veins). An angiogram provides information about blood vessel abnormalities such as narrowing, blockage, inflammation, abnormal widening, and bleeding. An interventional radiologist or vascular surgeon will insert a catheter( thin tube) into the artery or vein through a small cut in the skin. Then a contrast agent(x-ray dye) is injected to make the blood vessels visible on x-ray.
Also known as ‘balloon angioplasty” is a minimally invasive procedure used to widen narrowed or obstructed arteries or veins. Using angiography, a deflated balloon attached to a catheter is inserted into the narrowed vessel and then inflated to a fixed size for a short time. The balloon forces expansion of the blood vessel, allowing improved blood flow.
A stent is a synthetic tube that is inserted into a blood vessel to keep it open and/or reinforce the natural structure. One type of stent MVP uses is a Drug-eluting stent. This is a stent that is coated with medication that releases over time to help decrease the risk of re-narrowing (stenosis) of the artery. A stent is placed using angiography.
Atherectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that removes plaque buildup from blood vessels to improve blood flow. Atherectomy is performed using angiography.
Do you suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)? Angioplasty, Stent, or Atherectomy may be a solution.
Thrombolysis is a treatment using pharmaceutical drugs to dissolve blood clots in arteries or veins to restore or improve blood flow.
Thrombectomy is a treatment using a device to mechanically remove blood clots from an artery or vein to restore or improve blood flow.
Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)
PAE is a new way to treat lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in men with enlarged prostates due to benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). An angiogram is performed of the pelvic arteries supplying the prostate. These are carefully selected and embolized to reduce the amount of blood flow to the prostate.
PAE is an emerging procedure in the United States that has been studied extensively in Europe. While not yet endorsed as first line treatment by the American Urological Association, it provides another option for men with larger prostates. It is very effective with similar outcomes to minimally invasive surgical therapies such as Rezum, TUMT, and Urolift. It is almost as effective as gold standard transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) without many of the sexual side effects. It is an outpatient procedure with reduced recovery time compared to TURP or open surgery.
Varicocele embolization treats patients with scrotal varicoceles by closing malfunctioning veins (testicular veins) endovascularly. Patients enjoy only a small needle poke with shorter recovery and similar reduction in pain and increase in fertility when compared to open surgery.
Varicoceles are dilated veins within the scrotum that cause fullness and pain. They are also linked to infertility. They are the result of incompetent gonadal veins in your abdomen. This condition is usually diagnosed by ultrasound. A Urologist can explain the risks and benefits of open ligation. Schedule a consult with an Interventional Radiologist if you or your Urologist would like to explore endovascular options.
You had an AV Fistula or graft created to treat your renal failure. MVP has been asked to perform a fistulagram to evaluate your fistula or graft. A fistulagram is an exam in which contrast dye is injected into the fistula or graft with a small catheter to evaluate the blood flow into and out of the fistula or graft.