Drainage Services

Using imaging guidance, fluid collections can be aspirated or drained for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes.

Percutaneous Abscess Drainage

Abscess drainage is a quick, minimally invasive procedure to remove fluid from an abscess. Percutaneous abscess drainage specifically uses image-guided technology for the placement of a needle and catheter. This procedure is done without a surgical incision, no stitches, and a faster recovery time than open surgical drainage.

Find out if you’re a candidate for abscess drainage or more about the causes.

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Percutaneous Nephrostomy Tube Placement

Percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) tube placement, also known as nephro-pyelostomy, is an interventional procedure to temporarily divert urine from the kidney. During the minimally invasive procedure, a catheter is inserted into the lower back in order to drain urine directly from your kidney. The catheter is then connected to a collection bag.

Find out if you’re a candidate for percutaneous nephrostomy tube placement or learn about common reasons for nephro-pyelostomy include:

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Paracentesis

Paracentesis, also known as abdominal tap, is a quick, minimally invasive procedure to remove fluid from the abdomen. At Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates (VIVA), we offer minimally invasive procedures for treatment and symptomatic relief.

You are a candidate for paracentesis if you suffer from ascites. For patients who have tried improving ascites through lifestyle changes and/or medications without significant results, paracentesis may be the next treatment option.

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Thoracentesis

Thoracentesis, also known as pleural tap, is a quick, minimally invasive procedure to remove fluid from the pleural cavity—the space between the lungs and the inside of the chest wall. You may need fluid drained for testing or to relieve pain or pressure in your chest or shortness of breath. At Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates (VIVA), we offer minimally invasive procedures for treatment and symptomatic relief.

You are a candidate for thoracentesis if you need fluid removed from around your lungs, and our Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Interventional Radiologists can help.

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Our high level of expertise offers greater assurances than most vein centers can provide. Our physicians will evaluate your specific needs and select the appropriate treatment options.


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