Other Treatments & Procedures

A Dedicated Level of Care for a Variety of Special Medical Needs at Our Advanced Vein Center

With our highly-qualified and trained interventional radiologists our medical team offers extremely talented professionals to perform a variety of nonsurgical procedures for patients with specific needs. The procedures are done on an outpatient basis by our vascular specialists and interventional specialists. The procedures are typically short, essentially pain free, and offer a faster recovery time than traditional surgery options.

 

Other Procedures We Offer:

G-J Tube Placement/Replacement (Gastrostomy, Gastrojejunostomy)

The Vascular and Interventional Specialist of Prescott meticulously perform J tube placements with patients who are not able to get enough nutrition by way of the mouth. Patients with a blockage from the mouth to the stomach or have difficulty swallowing would typically be candidates for this procedure. A J tube is a Jejunostomy feeding tube that provides a more direct way to get proper nutrition into the body.  A tube is placed through the skin directly into the stomach for effective delivery of needed nutrients.

Inferior Vena Cava Filter (IVC) Placement/Removal

Our well-equipped vein clinic along without vascular specialists and interventional radiologists are efficient and highly-trained in IVC filter placement and IVC filter removal procedures. An IVC filter is used when there are blood clots in the leg veins or in the pelvis, known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT. Without the success of anticoagulation agents, such as blood thinners, to dissolve the blood clots, or if the person is at high risk for developing clots, an IVC filter placement is the next line of defense. An IVC filter is a small metal device inserted into the inferior vena cava to trap any clots, preventing them from traveling to the heart or lungs. The Vascular and Interventional Specialists at Prescott will closely monitor each patient with an IVC filter placement and advise if a removal procedure is safe to do so if the risk of clots has cleared.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Treatment

Deep vein thrombosis is when a blood clot forms in a vein that is located deeper inside the body, usually located in the leg. The diagnosis of a blood clot can be identified by performing a DVT ultrasound, using MRI or CT scan imagery, a blood test or a venography, which uses x-ray imagery. In the event that usual methods of treating deep vein thrombosis, such as blood thinners or an IVC filter placement, would not be efficient for the patient’s condition, the deep vein thrombosis treatment would be the best option.  The DVT treatment consists of the interventional radiologist to enter the vein directly to remove the clot. The vascular specialists and interventional radiologists at VISP perform this procedure on an outpatient basis at Prescott Medical Imaging. We use only local anesthesia, and most procedures take less than an hour.

Mediport/Port-a-Cath Placement/Removal

A Port-a-Cath and Mediport are devices that are implanted under the skin attaching to a vein to provide for easy access to administer long-term medication by intravenous injection. This device is typically implanted in patients regularly receiving medications via IV, such as chemotherapy treatments. The placement of a Port-a-Cath or Mediport is considered a minor medical procedure and is performed by the interventional radiologist. Local or general anesthesia will be given prior to making two small incisions at the site of where the device will be placed, and for the catheter to be inserted into the vein. Attached to the catheter is a portal where the medication will be administered throughout the treatment process. After the medication treatment has been completed the interventional radiologist will also remove the medication portal.

PICC Line Placement

PICC stands for peripherally inserted central catheter. A PICC line provides another method for a patient to receive medication on a more regular basis for a particular medical treatment, such as receiving long-term intravenous (IV) antibiotics. The PICC line is a catheter that is inserted into the vein of the upper arm. With the medicine being injected directly into the larger vein there is less risk of irritation. The PICC line placement is a minimally invasive minor medical procedure performed by the vein doctors from VISP. Using ultrasound, the best vein in the arm will be chosen for the placement. A local anesthesia will be administered, and the catheter will be inserted. Once placed, the interventional radiologist will confirm that it is ready for use after inspecting on an x-ray and treatments can begin. PICC lines will be removed by our team once medical treatments are no longer needed.

 Uterine Artery Embolization

A female experiencing heavy pelvic bleeding caused by trauma, malignant tumors, or hemorrhaging after childbirth may undergo uterine artery embolization. For females experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding, pain and pressure on the bladder and bowels, this may be caused by fibroid tumors in the uterus. The interventional specialist at VISP will perform a minimally invasive medical procedure guided by real-time x-ray to deliver the embolic agents to the arteries that are feeding the tumors. The embolization creates an obstruction of blood flow feeding the tumors and keeping them alive, causing them to shrink and to minimize their effects. This procedure may also eliminate the need for a hysterectomy. The specialists at the VISP vein center are well-trained and experienced at performing this procedure successfully.

Nephrostomy Tube Placement

Patients experiencing a blockage in their kidney may be a candidate for a nephrostomy tube placement. A blockage in the kidney, such as an impassable kidney stone, will obstruct the normal flow of urine. As a temporary bypass to the obstruction, a nephrostomy tube will be placed to allow the urine to be eliminated. The tube is placed through the skin directly into the kidney to relieve the blockage. Once the blockage has cleared the nephrostomy tube will be removed. The tube placement is a minimally invasive minor medical procedure performed by the highly skilled interventional radiologists of Vascular and Interventional Specialists of Prescott.

Image-Guided Biopsy

The skilled and diligent interventional radiologists of VISP understand the stress that accompanies the need for a biopsy.  To help alleviate anxiety, our specialists are trained and experienced to use x-ray, ultrasound, CT, or MRI guided imagery to accurately locate the suspicious area(s) in the body that need a biopsy. This technique allows the IR to target and sample the tissue with little to no pain, and without the need for a large incision. This biopsy procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis with low risk of complications. Less than one percent of patients develop bleeding or infection. In about 90 percent of patients, a needle biopsy procedure provides enough tissue for the pathologist to determine the cause of the abnormality. This procedure will help to decipher if a patient has a benign or malignant tumor and if a tumor ablation procedure would be a viable option for treatment.

Trust the Professionals from Our Advanced Vein Center to Handle Your Treatment with Precision and Care

The professional medical staff at VISP provide the utmost care for their patients. Our goal is to diagnose and treat people in the safest, least risky and most efficient way with honesty, respect, care and compassion.

Call us today to discuss your medical needs and to schedule an appointment with us.