The Vascular Institute of Virginia has world-class physicians with a state-of-the-art facilities in Woodbridge, Fairfax and Fredericksburg, VA. We serve patients from our local communities as well as patients that travel from the entire country and from overseas. We provide treatments for many conditions including Men’s and Women’s Health, Vascular Disease, Kidney Failure, and Oncology. We provide a relaxed outpatient environment with modern comforts to make your experience comfortable and enjoyable.
Our unique practice has multi-specialty Vascular & Interventional experts. This allows us the advantage to see and treat an array of health issues and provide more comprehensive care within our multi-specialty team. Our team goes beyond health experts and covers the whole process of managing your treatment/health in order to provide excellent care.
How long has embolization been performed and is UFE new?
An estimated 13,000-14,000 UFE procedures are performed annually in the U.S. (as of 2004)Embolization of the uterine arteries is not new. It has been used successfully by interventional radiologists for more than 20 years to treat heavy bleeding after childbirth.Embolization has been used to treat tumors since 1966. Embolization to treat uterine fibroids has been performed since 1995 and the embolic particles are approved by the FDA specifically to treat uterine fibroid tumors, based on comparative trials showing similar efficacy with less serious complications compared to hysterectomy and myomectomy (the surgical removal of fibroids).Embolization of fibroids was first used as an adjunct to help decrease blood loss during myomectomy. To the surprise of the initial users of this method, many patients had spontaneous resolution of their symptoms after only the embolization and no longer needed the surgery.
Does UFE work for all of my fibroids?
The procedure is effective for multiple fibroids and large fibroids.
Are the beads used safely to treat fibroids?
Many women wonder about the safety of leaving particles in the body. The embolic particles most commonly used in UFE have been available with FDA approval for use in people for more than 20 years. During that time, they have been used in thousands of patients without long-term complications.
VIV also has access to bioresorbable beads that could be used if the patient desires
Is UFE safe?
UFE is a very safe method and, like other minimally invasive procedures has significant advantages over conventional open surgery. The recovery is much shorter than surgery, including robotic techniques
Is there an effect on fertility after UFE?
There have been numerous reports of pregnancies following uterine fibroid embolization, however, prospective studies are needed to determine the effects of UFE on the ability of a woman to have children. One study comparing the fertility of women who had UFE with those who had myomectomy showed similar numbers of successful pregnancies.
Do I need a doctor's order or referral?
Depends on the insurance. Please call us and we can let you know.
How long is the recovery time?
On average recovery time, 7 days compared with weeks from surgery.
What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?
Peripheral Arterial Disease is a disorder that affects the arteries outside of the heart and brain. According to the American Heart Association, controllable risk factors for PAD include cigarette smoking, obesity, diabetes mellitus, physical inactivity, high blood cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
What artery do you use to perform the procedure?
At VIV, we generally access the radial artery (in the wrist) so that the procedure and recovery are more comfortable. This approach allows the patient to drive sooner and have less physical restrictions after the procedure than the traditional leg artery (femoral) approach.
What can I do to keep my dialysis access healthy?
Examine your access daily to ensure there is a thrill and keep the site clean. Wash skin daily with soap and water. Avoid sleeping on your access arm, carrying heavy objects and checking blood pressure on your access arm.
What if I have a catheter?
Keep the site clean and dry. Dressing changes will be done at the dialysis center. Plan on transitioning to a fistula or a graft as soon as possible.
What is Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)?
PAE, which can be performed under light anesthesia, involves a treatment called embolization, which entails temporarily blocking blood flow to the arteries that supply the prostate.
What insurance plans do you take?
We take most insurance plans and our finance department will review your insurance for coverage. Coverage can vary based on the indication for your procedure. For those who do not have insurance, come from overseas, or are not covered, we offer a reasonable low-cost payment option.
What billing or insurance information will I receive?
We have experts in-house for billing and pre-authorization. You will be connected with them to help streamline your care. They can provide you with detailed explanations of your health insurance and what you can expect.
Does my insurance cover Varicose Vein Treatments?
Some insurance companies do cover treatment. Our in-office insurance coordinator will verify your insurance coverage, on your behalf, prior to your treatment.
Is UFE covered by insurance?
Most major insurance carriers cover UFE. Our financial coordinator will perform your pre-authorization and help you through the process.
How soon can I be seen?
Same or next day appointments are available.
Will my procedure hurt?
No. We will give you sedation to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your procedure. Please be sure not to eat or drink anything on the day of your procedure so that we can administer sedation.
How long is my recovery time?
Depending on the type of procedure, patients generally recover within 30 minutes-2 hours and are able to be discharged.
Who will help me schedule the procedure?
Our administrative team handles the scheduling of the procedures and any follow-up care that is needed. They will work with your schedule and our physician’s availability to provide a convenient time. They can always be reached at our office, where we do not have any automated system and you will speak with a live person: 703-763-5224
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Vascular Institute of Virginia is rated 5 out of 5.0 based on 42 ratings.
Dr. Shah and his team have taken EXCELLENT care of mother for many years. We are eternally grateful for Dr. Shah's knowledge, professionalism and his continued genuine concern and care for my mother's medical needs.
From check in to consultation to ultrasound, the staff was awesome! Dr. Shah was great and everyone answered questions thoroughly. These days there are few places to have such a positive experience.
These folks have always been so wonderful. They make you feel welcome whether you are the patient or caregiver. Their explanations of procedures are easily understood as well as the reasons for them. When there is a problem with access at dialysis, you get him in that day so he can get back to his dialysis and keep to his schedule. This is vitally important, and we are so appreciative of your care and kindness.
I went for vericose veins and they fixed me up! I highly recommend this location! Dr. Gupta and the staff are great! Call them, talk to them, see if they can fix you up too.
Awesome 👌 experience. Staffs are very friendly and professional.
When I walked in I was greeted by a smiling face. My nurses and techs made sure I was comfortable and answered all of my questions. I've been to this center before but now that they are under a new management, it's a totally different and better atmosphere. I felt cared for from the moment I sat down. The best experience I've had ever in a vascular center! I would come back every time without hesitation and with my anxiety...that's saying a lot!
All personnel, including Dr's. Gupta, Dr. Yu, RNs Mark, Allison, Ellis and others performed exemplary in all surgical aspects. I was informed step by step of what action was to be accomplished and and the entire surgical procedure was successfully completed. Dr. Gupta succinctly explained how fistula operates and what/how he accomplishes this surgical implant. I'm very impressed with both of these Doctors abilities.
My experience with MVI has been a wonderful experience I have the pleasure of being the patient of Dr. Wu and Dr Gupta and their staff. They have been nothing short of a miracle. Their attentiveness and care for the patient is felt when you first meet them and I love it and the choice I made. Thank you and keep up the great work.
Staff was wonderful! They took excellent care to make sure I was comfortable. They explained the procedure. Dr. Nwosu has excellent bed side manor and cares. He knew I was nervous and helped to reassure I was in good hands and everything would be fine. I would recommend this center and would return
This was my first visit and I have to say it was great, everyone was super nice and explained everything that was going to happen during my visit. the best experience I've had in a long time visiting a doctor's office.