Pardee UNC Health Care Expands Vascular Surgery Services with Updates to Medical Diagnostics and Interventional Radiology
Pardee UNC Health Care today announced the expansion of vascular and interventional radiology services with the addition of new fluoroscopy and advanced imaging technology as well as an improved interventional radiology and vascular suite. The new state-of-the-art imaging technology brings advanced diagnostics and minimally invasive treatment of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and other conditions that affect the blood vessels.
Vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists at Pardee can now perform enhanced angiographies (the opening of blocked vessels outside the heart), imaging studies, placement of micro-sized catheters, repair of vessel blockages, and other services. Interventional radiologists specializing in oncology will also utilize the advanced medical equipment and modernized interventional radiology and vascular suite in the treatment of some cancers, as well as placement of micro-sized catheters and tubes, and vertebroplasties.
With the new dedicated space in the interventional radiology and vascular suite, Pardee vascular surgeons expect to perform minimally invasive peripheral angiograms and interventions such as angioplasty and stenting which can be performed as an outpatient. “The updates made to our interventional radiology and vascular suite are significant,” said Rick Hobson, MD, FACS, vascular surgeon with Pardee. “With the minimally invasive interventions now possible in this suite, we are able to help our patients avoid limb amputation due to a blocked vessel and avoid lengthier and more invasive surgeries.”
Peripheral vascular disease, also referred to as peripheral arterial disease, most commonly appears in the legs and narrows or blocks the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the lower extremities. PVD is primarily caused by the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries, which is called atherosclerosis. People with high risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes are also at risk for PVD in vessels other than the heart or brain. When PVD goes unchecked, vessel blockages can contribute to pain while walking or limb amputation.
Approximately 6.5 million people age 40 and older in the United States have PVD, according to an American Heart Association report, Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2020 Update. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000757
“Pardee UNC Health Care continues to identify new ways to serve our community with advanced technology for enhanced medical services,” said Susan Odom, RN, MSN administrative director of cardiovascular services for Pardee UNC Health Care. “This modernized interventional radiology and vascular suite not only brings a higher level of care to patients, but also serves as a shared environment for radiologists and nurses seeking additional medical training in specialized medicine with leading-edge medical diagnostics.”
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About Pardee UNC Health Care
Pardee UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, a cancer center, two urgent care locations and five orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.