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Pain Relief

In 2011, Newsletter, Varicose Veins, Volume 3 Issue 3 by projects

Interventional Radiologists Treat Pain at the Source

Pain management is a significant medical and economic issue. A recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) study finds chronic pain affects at least 116 million American adults, more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also has a major economic impact, costing up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity.

For 15 years, the interventional radiology and vascular surgery division of Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg that practices at Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates (VIVA) has been treating patients with chronic pain to minimize their discomfort and help restore their quality of life. VIVA’s board-certified interventional radiologists are specialists in minimally invasive, imaging-guided procedures. They provide effective pain relief for conditions affecting the back, neck, shoulders, legs, wrists, knees and elbows. Rather than offer pain medication, VIVA physicians treat the source of the problem to relieve pain.

“Sometimes the source of a patient’s pain isn’t clear,” said R. Donald Doherty, Jr., MD, board-certified interventional radiologist with VIVA. “Our expertise in image interpretation can pinpoint the exact cause of pain, and help us determine the most successful treatment.”

“Throughout each case, we consult with referring physicians, who maintain care of their patients to ensure care continuity,” he added. Patients are referred to VIVA by physicians in many specialties, including orthopedics, neurology, oncology, surgery, and primary care. Results are communicated rapidly to referring physicians by phone and written communications.

Pain management treatments are provided at VIVA, Mary Washington Hospital, and Stafford Hospital. They include nerve root blocks, epidural injections, and spine and joint injections. VIVA physicians also offer vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for spinal fractures from osteoporosis, bone tumors, and sacral insufficiency fractures. In these procedures, interventional radiologists use imaging guidance to inject medical-grade bone cement into the fractures to stabilize collapsed vertebra.

““VIVA physicians perform minimally invasive procedures that can transform
how my patients function, without the need to administer more pain medication.
They have excellent selection criteria for which patients are the best candidates for
treatment, sending me the ‘green light’ for only the patients they believe will
truly benefit from these procedures. I view them as problem-solvers and valued
partners in providing my patients with the best of care.”
– Ken McDowell, DO
Colonial Internal Medicine Associates

Ken McDowell, DO, CEO and managing partner of Colonial Internal Medicine Associates in Fredericksburg and Stafford, regularly refers patients to VIVA.

Their conditions have ranged from lower leg swelling and pain from varicose veins,  to  pain from compression fractures of the back.

“VIVA physicians perform minimally invasive procedures that can transform how my patients function, without the need to administer more pain medication,” he said. “They have excellent selection criteria for which patients are the best candidates for treatment, sending me the ‘green light’ for only the patients they believe will truly benefit from these procedures. I view them as problem-solvers and valued partners in providing my patients with the best of care.”

For more information, contact R. Donald Doherty Jr., MD, at doherty@vivassociates.com or call (540) 654-9118 and leave a message for Dr. Doherty.

 

Pictured above is Dr. John J. McLaughlin (right) performs an interventional radiology procedure at VIVA, assisted by Kim Calamos, RT.