What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive, image guided procedures involve the treatment of medical conditions that once required open surgery. By harnessing the power of advanced imaging (ultrasound, X-rays, CAT scans, MRI scans and other innovative methods), we can see inside your body and treat complex conditions—even cardiovascular disease and cancer—less invasively and with unprecedented precision. We can reduce the length of hospital stays, minimize potential complications and save lives.
What is BPH?
A part of getting older means that there are certain health concerns that you will have to take into consideration. For men, one of the main issues is the enlargement of their prostate. This condition is called BPH, or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Typically a man’s prostate envelops part of his urethra, which is the organ that carries urine and semen out of a man’s penis. Men with BPH, however, have an enlarged prostate, which squeezes the urethra. This, in turn, decreases the flow of urine. BPH is common in older men, and there are several ways to treat it. Men with BPH have an increased chance of getting prostate cancer.
What is PAE?
Prostate Artery Embolization or PAE is a procedure in which a microcatheter is placed from the femoral artery (top of the leg) to the arteries of the prostate. Small spheres are inserted into the prostate artery through the microcatheter to block it. It is an “Outpatient Procedure” performed under ‘twilight sleep’ without the need for anesthesia. It is a painless procedure and done in approximately 1 hour.
What is UFE?
Uterine Fibroid Embolization or UFE is a procedure in which a microcatheter is placed either from an artery in the groin or wrist to the arteries of the uterus. Small spheres are injected into the uterine arteries to block the blood flow. The fibroids will shrink and reabsorb over time. While fibroids do not always cause symptoms, their size and location can lead to problems for some women, including pain and heavy bleeding.
What is ESRD?
Kidney functionality is imperative to your health. The main functions of the kidney are to remove or extract waste and fluid and form urine. End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is the final stage of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). When CKD develops into ESRD, it is imperative for the patient to seek treatments such as dialysis or a kidney transplant. From the surgical creation of dialysis access to minimally invasive procedures to help maintain a healthy access, our expert staff aims to navigate you through your journey as we work closely with your nephrologists/dialysis centers.
The Vascular Institute of Virginia (VIV) is an advanced outpatient facility focused on minimally invasive treatments. At VIV our mission is to provide world-class care using our cutting edge R&D technology in a convenient outpatient setting.
We treat a variety of diseases which include:
Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Ovarian Vein Embolization
Liver Embolization & Chemoembolization
Arterial Venous Fistula (AVF)
Fistulagram & Thrombectomy
IVC Filter Placement & Removal
Women have unique health issues. Some of these unique health issues can include pregnancy, menopause, and conditions of the female organs. ..
Working together with clinical oncologists, our physicians have developed procedures to treat many cancer patients and to improve their quality of life…
Enlarged prostate (BPH) affects a large percentage of men over the age of 65. We offer an innovative, outpatient procedure to treat this condition…
From surgical creation of dialysis access to minimally invasive procedures to help maintain a healthy access, our expert staff aim to navigate you through your journey ..
An estimated 40 percent of people in the United States have chronic venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency can present itself as a spider or varicose veins ..
Dr. Shah is the medical director and founder of the Vascular Institute of Virginia, LLC. He is a Board-Certified Nephrologist with a special focus in Vascular & Interventional Nephrology. He has dedicated his career to the care of patients with vascular disease, particularly in an …
Dr. Rachel Piechowiak is a Board-Certified Vascular & Interventional Radiologist at the Vascular Institute of Virginia. She completed her fellowship at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2012 and Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey, where she was chosen as …
Dr. Sandeep Bagla graduated with Honors from St. Georges University School of Medicine in 2002 before completing a residency at Albany Medical Center in NY in Diagnostic Radiology, including being selected as Chief Resident. Dr. Bagla completed subspecialty training in Vascular & Interventional Radiology at …
Dr. Joshua Washer is Vascular Institute of Virginia’s Vascular & Interventional Surgeon. He is a dedicated member of the dialysis community with vast experience in dialysis access procedures. Dr. Washer strongly believes in patient education and awareness
Dr. Washer is a general & vascular …
A patient suffering from enlarged prostate is treated with the Magellan Robotic System.
The Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) procedure with the Magellan was used to treat enlarged prostate, or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
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