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Kyphoplasty: A Patient’s Perspective

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“When I woke up, I literally jumped from the table. I had no pain.” Loretta McMenamin initially hurt her back lifting a vacuum. The pain was intense and the treatments she was receiving did not bring much relief. Still in pain, Loretta was prescribed an MRI and, sure enough, a significant problem was found. Loretta was diagnosed with a vertebral …

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Ignoring the Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids Can Lead to More Problems with Your Health.

In News, Uncategorized, Uterine Fibroid Embolization by projects

Uterine fibroids—it’s not something most of us enjoy talking about. Like a heavy menstrual cycle or urinary incontinence, fibroids can cause embarrassment and inconveniences, and worst of all, severe pain.  Chances are you have had or will experience uterine fibroids in your lifetime. These non-cancerous tumors grow within the smooth muscle tissue of the uterus. The tumors are not typically …

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July is Uterine Fibroid Awareness Month and Women have Options for Treatment in Fredericksburg

In News, Uterine Fibroid Embolization by projects

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – June 28, 2019 – This July, Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates (VIVA) is bringing awareness about uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) to the Fredericksburg community, just in time for Uterine Fibroid Awareness Month. Uterine fibroids affect up to 80% of women in their lifetime. VIVA is educating the community about the minimally invasive, highly effective option for the …

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Uterine Fibroids: Understanding the signs, symptoms and steps toward diagnosis.

In News, Uterine Fibroid Embolization by projects

“That’s normal.”  You’ve lost count of the times you’ve been told your symptoms are not unusual. You call in sick again. Leaving the house is a struggle. When you do venture out, you make sure you know where all the public restrooms are (and you keep a change of clothes on hand). The heavy bleeding, irregular periods, stabbing pain, exhaustion, …

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Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE): The Treatment Option Women Need to Know About

In News, Procedures, Uterine Fibroid Embolization by projects

If you’ve been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, you may have been told that surgery is your next step. The two most common uterine fibroid treatments are myomectomy (removing the fibroids) and hysterectomy (removing the entire uterus). For some women, surgical removal is actually the best possible treatment. But like many other women, it may be possible for you to avoid …

Melania Trump’s Image-guided Embolization Treatment

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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?

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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?

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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 projects

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?

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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 …