CentraState's Endovascular Lab provides state-of-the-art treatment for non-cardiac vascular conditions such as clogged, collapsed or otherwise compromised blood vessels. It is a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery. Until now, the use of endovascular intervention has largely been confined to hospitals with highly specialized programs, research institutions and academic medical centers, but through the commitment of our hospital administration, expert staff and highly skilled physicians, we can now offer a range of endovascular services comparable to that of any major academic center.
Resolving Problems From the Inside Out
Through endovascular intervention, problems affecting blood vessels are treated from within the vessels themselves. A specially trained physician inserts a thin, flexible tube (catheter) through a small incision in an easily accessible artery and uses advanced X-ray imaging technology to help guide the catheter through the blood vessels to the exact location of the problem. Through this catheter, the physician is able to deliver miniature devices designed to open up and sometimes clean out the clogged vessel. These devices can include balloons, stents (metal tubes similar to the spring on the inside of a ball point pen), and equipment available at few other hospitals in Monmouth or Ocean Counties, such as a specialized laser used to vaporize blockages. Clot-busting medications also can be delivered through a catheter, or a special miniature AngioJet® machine can be maneuvered directly to a clot to suction it out.
Unique in the Area
Our CentraState’s Division of Endovascular Intervention is exceptional in that it is made up of physicians from across the various specialties of interventional cardiology, vascular surgery and interventional radiology. That makes it possible for us to offer a complete array of treatment options for all manner of vascular problems. Please refer to the Department Doctors box at right for a complete list of CentraState physicians qualified to perform endovascular interventions.
Multiple Treatment Uses
Endovascular intervention is optimal for treating a variety of problems, including:
• Peripheral arterial disease, also known as PAD (Blockages in the leg arteries—PAD—can make walking extremely painful. It also increases one’s risk for heart attack or stroke. Risk factors for PAD include smoking, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, increasing age, and family history of PAD, heart disease or stroke.)
• Carotid artery stenosis (narrowing of the arteries in the neck that deliver blood to the brain, a condition that can result in a stroke)
• Failed or failing dialysis access
• Aneurysms or abnormal bulges in a blood vessel wall
• Deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT (Blood clots that form in the deep veins of the leg—DVT—can be life threatening if they break loose and travel to the lungs. By using an endovascular approach to treatment, blood flow is restored, symptoms are quickly resolved, and the need for ongoing medication is significantly decreased. Symptoms of DVT include swelling, redness, and severe pain in the leg. Risk factors include sitting still for a long time, such as when traveling by plane or car, or if you have certain medical conditions that affect how your blood clots. )
For more information, call (732) 303-5193 or (866) CENTRA7.