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Vascular Care Services

The interventional radiologists at Independence Health System are highly trained in the treatment of disorders of the neurological and vascular systems, including:

  • Aneurysms: An aneurysm occurs when a portion of the blood vessel wall is bulging or weakened. Aneurysms can occur in both veins and arteries but are more common in arteries. Types of aneurysms include abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), cerebral aneurysms, femoral/popliteal artery aneurysms, and common iliac aneurysms. Treatment options can include modification of dangerous lifestyle factors, dietary changes, medication, and—in some cases—surgery to correct the aneurysm.
  • Blockages of ducts, veins, or arteries: Minimally invasive techniques can be used to remove blockages in ducts, veins, and/or arteries. These techniques use small, specialized instruments to remove obstructions.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a blood clot that occurs in a vein that is deep within the body—usually in a leg. A blood clot can be caused by any factor that affects normal clotting or circulation of the blood. While in some cases, symptoms such as pain or swelling in the legs occur, in other cases, there are no evident symptoms. This condition can be dangerous, but it can be treated by medical professionals.
  • Kidney stones: A kidney stone is a small, solid deposit that forms in the kidneys due to an excess of crystal-forming materials such as calcium, uric acid, and oxalate in the urine. Kidney stones typically cause significant stomach pain and can be very painful to pass. In the event of large deposits, a medical professional may need to break up the kidney stones or remove them.
  • Uterine fibroids: Uterine fibroids are benign or noncancerous growths that can form in the uterus. It is unclear what causes fibroids to form. Some risk factors may include obesity, early puberty, and a family history of uterine fibroids. Your doctor may recommend managing the growths with medications or surgical removal of the fibroids.
  • Varicose veins: Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible under the skin. They are often blue or purple in color and may appear gnarled, tangled, or engorged. It is possible to surgically remove these veins for cosmetic reasons or if they are painful.

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