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Vein Center at IHS

Options for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Westmoreland County

Independence Health System is committed to providing comprehensive treatment for vascular disorders. At the Vein Centers, our dedicated team of healthcare professionals is focused on promoting the best possible patient outcomes through customized treatment plans tailored toward individual needs.

Comprehensive Vascular Care Services

The Vein Center teams consist of vascular specialists with extensive experience in performing minimally invasive surgery. Our specialists prioritize minimally invasive procedures to allow for quicker recovery times and less discomfort for patients. We also value the importance of comprehensive care that extends beyond surgery, which is why we also provide meticulous follow-up care to monitor patient recovery and prevent recurrence of symptoms.

Through advanced diagnostic capabilities we can accurately diagnose vascular conditions and recommend the necessary treatment(s). These techniques involve the use of advanced imaging tools such as computerized tomography (CT) scans, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in order to direct small, specialized instruments such as needles, wires, or catheters (narrow tubes) to different areas of the body for the conduction of advanced procedures.

What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Procedures?

Procedures that at one time required open surgery can now be treated in a way that minimizes physical trauma to the body, reduces infection rates, lowers recovery time, and can shorten hospital stays. Minimally invasive techniques represent an exciting development in vein care. These techniques protect patients and improve outcomes.

Advanced Treatments for Vascular Conditions

From vascular conditions such as varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) to urinary and reproductive concerns to treatment of kidney stones or liver duct blockage, our team of highly trained specialists has the necessary tools and experience and can help you get back to living your life. Our vascular experts are highly experienced and trained in using the latest technology to better serve our patients. We have a state-of-the-art facility and use leading-edge techniques and equipment to perform these specialized procedures for optimized outcomes across a range of modalities.

Varicose Veins: More Than Skin Deep

Varicose veins are not just cosmetic annoyances. They can cause pain, swelling, aching, compromised circulation, and even an increased risk of developing a blood clot. There are many reasons to consider removing varicose veins. We encourage you to speak with our vascular experts at BHS Center for Advanced Vein Care about your options.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): Know the Risks

Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) could see improvement with some healthy lifestyle changes. Without following your doctor's orders for treatment of PAD, you could be at risk for serious side effects such as heart disease, stroke, and/or loss of a limb. You could also experience chronic, ongoing pain that affects your mobility and quality of life. Exercise, eating right, and avoiding tobacco products could help you control your condition and lower the risks of major side effects. Ask your care provider about treatment options for PAD and how you can decrease your risk of serious complications.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are swollen veins that bulge out from the skin as blue or purple lumps. In addition to the cosmetic effect, varicose veins can have a detrimental impact on your overall health. The condition develops when the veins in your legs fail to open properly and push blood back down the legs. This eventually causes the entire vein system to break down as excess blood clogs pools in the legs. This can result in pain in the legs and dry, itchy skin. In extreme circumstances, the lack of blood flow can even result in a pulmonary embolism. You can prevent varicose veins by reducing the time you spend standing, taking short walks, and wiggling your toes from time to time. There are a number of treatments for the condition, including minor surgery, laser treatment, and medication injections.

Know the Risks of PAD

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition in which arteries clog or narrow, and make it difficult for blood to pass through the veins. This condition can result in leg pain, heart attack, and stroke. In severe cases, the blood flow to the leg can become so hampered that the limb will need to be amputated. There are plenty of ways to improve PAD to prevent these drastic measures. If you smoke, quitting will be an instant benefit for the condition, eating healthier and exercising are also beneficial. Ask a doctor about specific exercises to improve your PAD.

Procedures offered at the Vein Centers include the following and more:

  • Angiography: A diagnostic procedure that uses contrast dye and x-rays to visualize the blood flow in arteries and veins.
  • TIPS (Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt): A procedure that creates a new pathway for blood flow in the liver. It is typically used to treat complications from liver disease.
  • Venous Ablation: A treatment that uses heat or laser energy to close off problematic veins, often used for varicose veins.
  • Vein Thrombolysis: A procedure that involves injecting clot-dissolving agents into a vein to break down a blood clot. It is typically used in cases of deep vein thrombosis.
  • Aneurysm Coiling: A procedure that involves inserting a coil into an aneurysm to prevent rupture.
  • Pain Injections: A type of pain management technique where medication is injected into specific areas of the body to block or reduce chronic pain.

Contact Us to Learn More

Independence Health System's Vein Centers are here to provide you with the highest level of minimally invasive vascular surgery. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

In the Westmoreland area, call at 724-689-0100 for test scheduling, or 1-877-771-1234 for appointment scheduling. In the Butler area, call 724-284-4574 for an appointment. We look forward to providing the vascular care you’ve been looking for.

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