Central Vein Disease
Central vein problems are usually due to narrowings, restrictions, “backward blood flow,” or clots. We treat all aspects of central vein problems with minimally invasive approaches.
Many factors can cause leg swelling and formation of clots. Often patients have a narrowing in one of the veins carrying blood out of their leg. These narrowings can often be stented using angiography (dye and X-ray) and intravascular ultrasound (small ultrasound mounted on catheter) to guide stent placement.
Pulmonary embolism occurs when clots from the legs travel to the heart and lungs. We use the most advanced techniques available to “dissolve” the clots with a combination of clot-busting medicine (lytics) and ultrasound catheter (EKOS). This is a potentially life-saving procedure.