Did You Know?
Endovascular Surgical Specialists - The Best Kept Secret in Medicine
According to a national survey, only three percent of Americans are aware of Endovascular Specialists (Riley Research Associates, 2001). Modern, minimally invasive treatments are available for many diseases, but few patients know to ask about them, or to seek out a second opinion from an endovascular surgical specialist. Historically, endovascular surgical specialists have been the “specialist’s specialist,” and patients didn’t have direct contact with this specialty.
Because surgery was the only treatment available for many years, many primary care physicians still refer their patients to surgeons and rely on the surgeon to provide the consult on available treatment options. However, surgeons are generally poor gatekeepers for knowing the minimally invasive treatments that another specialty offers.
Eventually this paradigm will change and patients will be sent to the least invasive practitioner for consult first, but in the meantime, it is important for patients to know their options.
The Vascular Institute - Another Example of Why AMI is the Leader in Medical Imaging for the Region
The Vascular Institute is one of Atlantic Medical Imaging’s (AMI) centers of excellence. We use minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. The concept behind this is to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes.
As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, vascular specialists pioneered modern minimally invasive medicine. Using X-rays, CT, ultrasound, MRI, and other imaging modalities, vascular specialists obtain images which are then used to direct interventional instruments throughout the body. These procedures are usually performed using needles and narrow tubes called catheters, rather than by making large incisions into the body as in traditional surgery.
Many conditions that once required surgery can now be treated non-surgically by vascular specialists. By minimizing the physical trauma to the patient, peripheral interventions can reduce infection rates and recovery time, as well as shorten hospital stays.
AMI's team of vascular specialists are board-certified physicians with more than 10 years of intense training, who specialize in minimally invasive, image guided treatments. Our vascular specialists offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties.
Do you experience leg pain, calf or foot pain at rest, or non-healing wounds? These could be signs of Peripheral Arterial Disease.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), also known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD), is a common condition affecting up to 20 percent of Americans age 65 and older. PAD develops most commonly as a result of cholesterol and scar tissue build up, forming a substance called plaque inside the arteries. The clogged arteries cause decreased blood flow to the legs, which can result in pain when walking, and eventually gangrene and amputation.
Because atherosclerosis affects the body as a whole, individuals with PAD are likely to have blocked arteries in other areas of the body. Thus, those with PAD are at increased risk for heart disease, aortic aneurysms and stroke. PAD is also a marker for diabetes, hypertension and other conditions.
Those who are at highest risk for PAD are: Over the age 50; Smokers; Diabetic; Overweight: Inactive (and do not exercise); Have high blood pressure or high cholesterol or high lipid blood test or have a family history of vascular disease, such as PAD, aneurysm, heart attack or stroke
Many people simply live with their pain, assuming it is a normal part of aging, rather than reporting it to their doctor.
Nonsurgical Uterine Fibroid Embolization – A Major Advancement in Women’s Health
Uterine fibroids are very common non-cancerous (benign) growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus. They can range in size from very tiny (a quarter of an inch) to larger than a cantaloupe. Occasionally, they can cause the uterus to grow to the size of a five-month pregnancy. In most cases, there is more than one fibroid in the uterus. While fibroids do not always cause symptoms, their size and location can lead to problems for some women, including pain and heavy bleeding.
Twenty to 40 percent of women age 35 and older have uterine fibroids of a significant size. African American women are at a higher risk for fibroids: as many as 50 percent have fibroids of a significant size. Uterine fibroids are the most frequent indication for hysterectomy in premenopausal women and, therefore, are a major public health issue. Of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed annually in the United States, one-third are due to fibroids.
Uterine fibroid embolization is a safe and effective option for women to consider. Women can and should be confident about their decision to consider UFE as a treatment option. Most women with symptomatic fibroids are candidates for UFE and should obtain a consult with an interventional radiologist to determine whether UFE is a treatment option for them.