Melania Trump’s Image-guided Embolization Treatment

In News, Procedures by VIVA

First Lady Melania Trump underwent an Interventional Radiology procedure called embolization for the treatment of her kidney, as referenced in a statement by Society of Interventional Radiology President M. Victoria Marx, MD, FSIR. Dr. Marx explained that, “The beauty of this solution is that no open surgery is required, reducing both the patient’s risk and recovery time. In many cases, …

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What is Peripheral Arterial Disease?

In News, PAD, Procedures by VIVA

Peripheral arterial disease, often called PAD, is a condition in which your extremities do not receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. PAD most often occurs in the legs. The lack of blood flow causes many patients to have trouble walking for long periods of time. What causes peripheral arterial disease? When plaque–which is made up of fat …

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What is Interventional Pain Management?

In News, Pain Management, Procedures by VIVA

Interventional pain management delivers pain relief to patients using the precise guidance available through images provided by a live x-ray, CT scan or an ultrasound. When a patient has inflammation in a specific area (such as arthritis in a joint), his or her doctor may prescribe an injection to reduce the inflammation. However, for highly sensitive areas like the spine, …

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What is Venous Disease?

In Healthcare, News, Procedures, Varicose Veins by VIVA

Also known as venous insufficiency, venous disease is usually associated with varicose veins and leg heaviness. In simplest terms, it is a lack of blood flow towards the heart from the legs. What causes venous disease? There are two main types of vessels in the body; you can think of them as plumbing. Arteries take blood from the heart to …

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What is Arterial Disease?

In Healthcare, News, PAD, Procedures by VIVA

Arterial disease in its most basic form is the result of fatty plaque deposits blocking your blood vessels. This prevents blood cells from properly circulating to important body parts, such as the heart and brain. Arterial disease is often an underlying cause of heart attacks, strokes, and other potentially fatal medical conditions. Arterial disease affects millions of people in the …

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Ready to bare your legs in warmer weather?

In Featured, Procedures, Uncategorized by Amy

Varicose veins are now easy to treat. With warmer weather approaching, it’s time to think seriously about your legs.  Not only how they look, but also how they feel.  If you suffer from varicose veins and you dread the thought of exposing your legs during the warm months, now is the perfect time to consider treatment of varicose veins.  The …

Microwave Ablation

In News, Procedures by Amy

If you have been diagnosed with liver, kidney, lung or bone cancer, but you are not a good candidate for surgery because of your other medical conditions or age, you may want to consider Microwave Ablation (MWA). VIVA will soon offer this treatment to patients who would otherwise be forced to travel to Washington or Baltimore for it. Once specialized …

Chronic abdominal or pelvic discomfort?

In News, Procedures, Uncategorized by darden

Many women needlessly suffer from pelvic congestion syndrome. If you suffer from chronic abdominal or pelvic discomfort or pain that prevails despite a variety of treatments, you could have pelvic congestion syndrome.  It is a chronic medical condition in women caused by hard-to-detect varicose veins in the pelvis.  The condition often manifests as a constant dull ache, which can be …


In Procedures by Amy

X-ray is the oldest form type of imaging, and where the field of radiology began. It is still the most common of radiology tests. A small dose of radiation is used to produce an x-ray image. X-rays are commonly used to evaluate the chest, abdomen, pelvis, joints and extremities.