What other services does VCU Health at Baird Vascular Institute offer besides port procedures?

Baird Institute

You can take advantage of our world-class medical services in a convenient neighborhood setting. Our interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons offer a multidisciplinary approach to vascular disease so that each patient receives a comprehensive vascular screening and a treatment tailored to his or her particular need. The institute affords patients easy access to the full array of expert vascular screening and treatment services offered by the VCU Health.

We offer many minimally invasive services beyond our port procedures, including:

At the VCU Health at Baird Vascular Institute, we have the latest in technology and techniques to diagnose and treat vascular disease. If we uncover signs of vascular disease, our experts can develop a custom treatment plan for you.

How does Image Guided Tendon Treatment work?

Image guided tendon treatment is a minimally invasive method to identify and remove pain generating scar tissue from tendons which can occur due to various musculoskeletal conditions such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. The doctor uses ultrasound imaging, just like the kind used to see babies in the womb, to visualize and identify the specific location of the damaged tendon tissue.

Once the source of your tendon pain is identified, your doctor numbs the area with a local anesthetic, allowing you to stay awake the entire time. Many people say after the numbing process—which feels like a bee sting—they felt only a slight pressure during the procedure (if they felt anything at all). Your doctor then uses gentle ultrasonic energy designed to safely breakdown and remove the damaged tissue. Because the incision is so small and the ultrasonic energy precisely treats only the damaged tendon tissue, the surrounding healthy tissue is left unharmed.

When the procedure is completed, the doctor applies a small adhesive bandage – no stitches are required. Because you are awake during the procedure, many people are able to drive home immediately following the procedure.

With image guided tendon treatment, recovery is rapid and many people are back to normal life within 6 weeks or less. Because the surrounding healthy tissue is not disturbed, and no stitches or general anesthesia is required, there is minimal downtime and less discomfort compared to open surgery.

To learn more, visit http://relievemyfoot.com/.

Source: http://www.tenexfastprocedure.com


What exactly is an Interventional Radiologist?

The VCU Baird Vascular Institute’s medical director, Dr. Malcolm Sydnor, uses fluoroscopic guidance utilizing the latest in interventional technology.

The VCU Baird Vascular Institute’s medical director, Dr. Malcolm Sydnor, uses fluoroscopic guidance to treat a patient with a vascular problem.

Many of the physicians at VCU Baird Institute are Interventional Radiologists. You may have wondered about our specialty, so allow us to explain a bit more.

Interventional Radiologists are specially trained to use minimally invasive, image-guided techniques to diagnose and treat a variety of issues within the human body. The goal is to use the least invasive treatment plan required in order to address the issue, avoid risk to the patient and impact on the body and to speed recovery time. Many times, interventional radiologists are able to treat an issue with less risk, less pain and less recovery time than traditional open surgery.

Interventional radiologists use a variety of tools such as ultrasound, X-ray, CT and MRI technology to target medical issues within the body.

Recognized as a medical specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties, interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians with additional advanced training in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging to guide them. Their board certification includes both Vascular and Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology, which are administered by the American Board of Radiology.

Interventional radiologists pioneered many of the non-invasive techniques that are commonly used today, such as angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent. Trained in both radiology and interventional therapy, interventional radiologists possess a combination of skills that are unique to their specialty. Today, an interventional radiologist can treat many of the procedures that once required surgery with a less invasive treatment option.


5 reasons you should treat varicose veins


  1. Although varicose veins may not cause problems, sometimes they cause aching pain, throbbing, and discomfort in the legs, and occasionally, varicose veins can lead to more serious health concerns.
  2. The unsightly nature of varicose veins may make patients less likely to engage in warm weather activities they not only enjoy, but are also good methods of exercise, because they are embarrassed by the appearance of their legs.
  3. Treating varicose veins may mean doing away with compression stockings or other restrictive, uncomfortable methods of long-term treatment.
  4. When home remedies such as compression stockings, elevating the legs, and avoiding long periods of continuous standing or sitting are no longer relieving the symptoms, it may be time to consider other options.
  5. Finally, today’s treatments are less invasive, less painful and require much less recovery time than treatments of the past.

What is Image Guided Tendon Treatment? Can it help with my mobility?

Image guided tendon treatment relies on ultrasound technology to identify, breakdown and remove pain-causing damaged tendon tissue. The surrounding healthy tissue is not disturbed and the treatment stimulates healing. The technology used (Tenex Health TX), is an FDA cleared device that can be used in a nonsurgical setting.

If you’ve had to give up your everyday activities along with your favorite ones, image guided tendon treatment has the ability to get you back to what you love and need to do in 6 weeks or less. With no stitches or general anesthesia, this treatment offers minimal downtime for a rapid return to normal life.

PlantarfaciitisThe process requires only local anesthetic to numb the area. You do not need general anesthesia (to be put to sleep) as you would in traditional open surgery. When the procedure is completed, only a small adhesive bandage is used. No sutures or stitches are generally needed.

You should not feel any pain during the treatment, only a slight pressure if anything. After the treatment during your recovery, you may feel sore in the treated area for a short period of time. Most patients use over-the-counter medication for any discomfort.

Typically, the treatment takes 20 minutes or less to complete. This includes the time to clean your skin before the treatment to placing a small adhesive bandage over the micro incision upon completion. Unlike traditional open surgery recoveries that may take up to 6 months or longer, the image guided tendon treatment recovery period is expected to be 6 weeks or less for a return to your normal activities.

The specialists at VCU Baird Institute are excited to offer this advanced technology technique to our patients. If you have already explored multiple treatments such as rest, ice and cortisone injections to treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, you may be ready for the next step in your treatment. Give us a call at (804) 828-2600 to discuss whether it’s right for you.

Learn more at http://www.tenexhealth.com or http://www.Relievemyfoot.com

Convenience is important when choosing a healthcare provider

Finding a convenient location for healthcare needs is often a top priority for patients. That’s why our unhurried neighborhood setting and free, up-close parking make VCU Baird Vascular Institute (BVI) an attractive option for vascular patients. BVI’s Megan Quinn discusses the benefits of BVI’s convenient location:

BVI offers patients:

  • Port Placement for Cancer Treatment
  • Dialysis Access Management
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease Treatment
  • Vascular Ultrasound
  • Cosmetic Vein Procedures

BVI is located just off Interstate 195 in the near West End at 205 N. Hamilton Street. For more information, please visit http://www.bairdvascular.vcu.edu, call (804) 828-2600 or email bairdvascularinstitute@mcvh-vcu.edu.

Patients appreciate BVI’s convenience

In real estate, the famous saying is “location, location, location.” These days, it’s true about medical services as well. Patients appreciate being able to reach their physician and treatments easily. And that’s one of the big ideas behind VCU Baird Vascular Institute (BVI).

Located just off Interstate 195 in the near West End at 205 N. Hamilton Street, BVI brings the expertise of VCU Medical Center to a convenient neighborhood setting. Easy to reach from almost any area of town, BVI is perfect for patients who need non-emergency vascular services.

Services offered at BVI include:

• Port Placement for Cancer Treatment

• Dialysis Access Management

• Peripheral Vascular Disease Treatment

• Vascular Ultrasound

• Cosmetic Vein Procedures

“Our location is very convenient, especially for those patients who might be in pain where it’s not the easiest thing to travel,” said Megan Quinn, manager of BVI. “This is a smart location for patients to be seen by great physicians.”

Appointments are convenient and easy, too. BVI strives to accommodate each patient and their physicians. We work to set up appointments quickly.

Patients who do not need a referral may call BVI directly to quickly schedule their appointment. Physicians who need to refer a patient to our team are welcome to call our office. No matter how patients come to BVI, each will receive the same high-quality treatment from specially trained physicians and caring staff that patients at the main medical center receive.

Finally, patients will find plenty of free and convenient parking right in front of the BVI office. For expert knowledgeable care, convenient appointments and easy parking, come to BVI. For more information, please call (804) 828-2600 or email bairdvascularinstitute@mcvh-vcu.edu.