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Blood Vessels in the Legs
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Sarasota Interventional Radiology – State-of-the-Art Center for Vascular Intervention & Vascular Procedures on Florida's Suncoast

Sarasota Interventional Radiology (SIR), a cutting-edge vascular intervention center located on Florida's Suncoast, has revolutionized minimally invasive procedures in Southwest Florida. Our belief is that we offer many advantages over other diagnostic clinics and even hospitals, some of which are:
  • Advanced technology. SIR provides the ultimate imaging experience with state-of-the-art equipment that is carefully selected to maximize patient safety and comfort.
  • Unparalleled diagnosis and treatment. We use the latest approved minimally invasive procedures rather than traditional open surgery. These procedures offer patients shortened recovery time, fewer risks and complications, and less pain than traditional surgery.
  • Physician expertise and experienced clinical staff. Gerald E. Grubbs, MD, and SIR's registered technologists are experienced in all diagnostic and therapeutic techniques while our nursing staff is experienced and trained to provide you with unparalleled care and comfort. Board-certified anesthesiologists take care of your individual sedation needs so you won’t feel a thing during your procedure.
  • Significant cost savings. SIR is an outpatient facility with a hospital-like environment. This enables us to charge patients less for procedures as compared to charges at local hospitals where the cost of identical outpatient procedures is significantly greater.

Vascular Disease & Treatment Options – Arteriogram, Angiogram and Aortogram

The vascular system is the network of blood vessels—arteries, veins, and capillaries—that carries blood to all parts of the body. Vascular disease is caused by a variety of factors, including family history, age, sitting or standing for long periods of time, pregnancy, smoking, obesity, and certain health conditions such as diabetes that affect the heart and vascular system. Although it is a common condition, vascular disease can be serious and even life threatening.

Arteriogram, angiogram, and aortogram are interchangeable terms that describe procedures performed to identify narrowing or blockages in blood vessels in the body. These procedures show the flow of blood in vessels, usually arteries, in various parts of the body and help determine if there is a narrowing or blockage in the vessels. The results of these procedures may lead to an additional procedure for treatment.

Specific terms are used when these procedures pertain to certain vessels or parts of the body. Those performed at SIR include:
  • Aortogram—aorta (the main vessel that carries blood to the upper and lower parts of the body)
  • Cerebral angiogram—brain
  • Coronary (or cardiac) angiogram—heart (commonly known as heart cath or cardiac cath)
  • Iliac angiogram—groin, erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Peripheral angiogram—femoral angiogram (leg), popliteal angiogram (lower leg), upper extremity angiogram and venogram (arms)
  • Renal angiogram—kidneys
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Aortic Aneurysm
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The procedure is essentially the same for all of these arteriograms, angiograms, and aortograms. A catheter is placed into a large blood vessel and is guided to the problem area using fluoroscopic imaging.This facilitates the detection of several issues:
  • Aneurysm, a weakening or bulge of the wall of a blood vessel that can rupture and bleed, possibly resulting in a stroke or even death
  • Narrowing or blockage of a vessel, which may require a procedure to open the vessel or eliminate the blockage to restore blood flow
  • Presence and degree of coronary artery disease

Vascular Treatments for Artery Disease & Vascular Health

Atherectomy

Atherectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque inside the artery wall, from a blood vessel. In this procedure, a catheter is inserted to remove the plaque buildup. Atherectomy is an alternative treatment for peripheral vascular disease over a surgical procedure. After the atherectomy, angioplasty is performed to inflate the artery and compress the remaining plaque. This determines if a stent is needed to keep the vessel open. The physician will evaluate the patient and recommend the proper treatment according to the patient's individual circumstances.

Carotid Arteriogram

Carotid arteriogram is done to assess blockage in one or both carotid arteries prior to surgical planning for carotid angioplasty and stent placement.

IVC Filter Placement

IVC filter placement is the implantation of a filter into the inferior vena cava (IVC) to a prevent life-threatening blockage known as pulmonary embolism (PE) in the lung artery.  It is used for patients who are at a high risk for developing blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungs to create the blockage.

Varicocele Embolization

A varicocele is an enlarged (varicose) vein in the male scrotum, which can cause pain, swelling, and even infertility. A varicocele embolization is an image-guided, interventional procedure that uses a catheter to insert a tiny coil and/or embolic fluid to divert the blood flow away from the varicocele. It results in relief of pain and swelling and may improve sperm quality.
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