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Definitions

Richmond Vascular Center is home to Richmond, Virginia’s finest Interventional Radiologists and Vascular Surgeons. Our team is pleased to offer a variety of vascular procedures for you and your family including the following:

Angiography

Angiography is a diagnostic procedure in which a small tube called a catheter is placed in the blood vessel so that doctors can inject contrast material or dye, which helps the vessel to show up on an x-ray. The arteries and veins of the brain, neck, lungs, liver, kidneys, arms, and legs can be studied by this method.

Angioplasty

Angioplasty is used to open up narrowed blood vessels and improve blood flow. A thin plastic tube called a sheath is inserted into an artery–sometimes in your groin, sometimes in your arm. A long, narrow, hollow tube called a catheter is passed through the sheath. It will have a small inflatable balloon on the end, which is positioned in the blocked or narrowed area and inflated to open up the narrowing. Angioplasty can be used in the peripheral arteries as well as the veins.

Stent Placement

A stent is a metal mesh tube-shaped device that holds blocked peripheral arteries open. Stents are placed inside the vessel using a catheter. Stents are used to hold open a narrowing in an artery or vein after angioplasty is completed.

Embolization

Embolization is the placement of material through a catheter into an artery or vein in order to block blood flow.  It may be used to control or prevent abnormal bleeding, close off vessels supplying blood to a tumor, eliminate abnormal connections between arteries and veins, or to treat aneurysms.

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter is a a small cone-shaped device placed in the major vein in the abdomen just below the kidneys (inferior vena cava) to prevent the passage of blood clots from the legs to the lungs (pulmonary embolism).

Central Venous Access

Central venous access procedures involve placement of a catheter into the larger veins for either short-term or long-term treatments. A catheter is also called a central line, and is a long, thin, flexible tube used to give medicines, fluids, nutrients, or blood products over a long period of time, usually several weeks or more. A catheter is often inserted in the arm or chest through the skin into a large vein. These procedures include the placement of kidney dialysis catheters and long-term intravenous (IV) medication delivery.

Uterine Artery Embolization

Uterine artery embolization (UAE) is a procedure performed by a radiologist who uses a catheter to deliver small particles that block the blood supply to the uterine body. The procedure is done for the treatment of uterine fibroids. It is also called Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).

Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. PAD most commonly affects the legs and can cause symptoms such as leg pain when walking. Narrowing of the arteries is caused by an accumulation of fatty deposits (atherosclerosis). This same condition can also affect arteries of the heart and brain.

Atherectomy

Atherectomy is a minimally invasive surgical method of removing plaque from a large blood vessel within the body. It is generally used to effectively treat peripheral arterial disease of the lower extremities.

Portacath insertion

A port (or portacath) is a small medical appliance that is installed beneath the skin. A catheter connects the port to a vein. The port has a septum through which drugs can be injected and blood samples can be drawn many times, usually with less discomfort for the patient than a more typical “needle stick.”

Dialysis fistulogram

Using x-ray and contrast media (dye), a dialysis fistulogram evaluates problems with fistulas, like clots or blockages. The fistula is accessed the same way it is accessed for dialysis. Using small catheters and balloons, a narrowing or clot can be remedied.

Kyphoplasty

A spinal fracture, also known as a vertebral compression fracture, occurs when one of the bones of the spinal column weakens and collapses. Spinal fractures can vary widely in severity. While some fractures are very serious injuries, other fractures can be the result of bones weakened by osteoporosis. Our providers can perform a kyphoplasty surgery to relieve these symptoms and help restore spine health and comfort.

Oncology

We offer radiology services, such as port placement and maintenance, for those suffering from oncological disease. Port placement is a minimally-invasive procedure performed by an Interventional Radiologist in the outpatient setting.