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Vein and Vascular Centers of Philadelphia at American Access Care strives to provide the latest technology and medical procedures for our patients. We are always adding more vascular treatments to our center's repertoire. Read on to learn about these additional services.

Additional Medical Services

Procedural preparation in our angiography suite.


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IVC Filter Insertions and Removals

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are designed to trap blood clots traveling from the leg veins to the lungs (pulmonary embolism). They may be temporary or permanent. In a minimally invasive, image-guided procedure, the filter is placed through a catheter into the IVC, a large vein in the abdomen. Temporary IVC filters can be removed when there is no longer a risk of blood clot fragments traveling to the lungs. During the removal procedure, a special catheter is used to take hold of the filter and withdraw it from the body.


IVC Filter Insertions and Removals

IVC filter.


PICCs

A Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) is a long, thin plastic tube that functions as an intravenous (IV) line. A PICC line is inserted into a peripheral vein, typically in the upper arm, and advanced under ultrasound and x-ray guidance until the catheter tip terminates in a large vein in the chest. A PICC's central tip location in the body allows for treatment that could not be administered from a standard peripheral IV access. In addition, PICC insertions are less invasive, have fewer complications, and can remain in place for a much longer duration than other types of central lines.


PICCs

PICC line on a patient.


Ports

Implantable ports are used to facilitate long term intravenous (IV) access, for example, to administer chemotherapy for cancer treatment. The implantable port is placed under the skin and has a small reservoir attached to a catheter which connects to a vein. An implantable port may be permanent, or it may be removed if it is determined that the patient no longer requires a port for access in the near future.


Ports

Implantable port.


Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that treats painful osteoporotic or metastatic compression fractures in the spine. The whole procedure takes one to two hours to perform, depending on how many bones are treated. Our physicians will insert a needle through a nick in the skin in the back, directing it under X-ray guidance into each fractured vertebral body. Then they inject a medical-grade bone cement into the fractured vertebra. The cement hardens within 15 minutes and stabilizes the fracture, like an internal cast.


Vertebroplasty

Illustration of a cement injection into a fractured vertebra.


Kyphoplasty

Similar to vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure to help alleviate pain from vertebral compression fractures. A high-pressure balloon is positioned and inflated to help restore height to the compressed vertebra. The resulting cavity is filled with bone cement to stabilize the fracture.


Kyphoplasty

Illustration of an inflated balloon in a compressed vertebra.


Varicocele Embolization

A varicocele is a varicose vein of the testicle and scrotum that may cause pain, testicular atrophy (shrinkage) or fertility problems. Veins contain one-way valves that work to allow blood to flow from the testicles and scrotum back to the heart. When these valves fail, the blood pools and enlarges the veins around the testicle in the scrotum to cause a varicocele. As a treatment, urologists often suggest open surgical ligation, but our physicians can offer varicocele embolization, which is as effective as surgery with less risk, less pain and less recovery time. For the procedure, our physicians make a tiny nick in the skin at the groin using local anesthesia, through which a thin catheter is passed into the femoral vein, directly to the testicular vein. By using coils, balloons, or particles, the physician blocks the blood flow in the vein which reduces pressure on the varicocele. By embolizing the vein, blood flow is re-directed to other healthy pathways.


Varicocele Embolization

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