Four years ago, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute made its initial foray into outpatient settings to treat venous insufficiency when it opened the MedStar Health Vein Centers. From its original location in Chevy Chase, Md., the new outpost quickly expanded to sites at MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre in Washington, D.C., and in McLean, Va. Now the program is growing yet again.
This past fall, the Institute opened its first Vein Center location in the Baltimore region with a new practice in Bel Air, Md., and recruited Maggie Arnold, MD, a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon, to lead the region-wide effort. Charged with building a program that mirrors its counterpart in the Washington region, Dr. Arnold is based out of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.
The expansion is enhancing capacity to reach more individuals with therapeutic and cosmetic vascular needs closer to where they live and work. These settings offer clients the comfort and luxury of a specialty clinic, paired with the expertise of vascular surgeons who provide diagnostics and treatment in the event of a more serious underlying condition.
“In effect, we’re bringing hospital-caliber testing into the community setting,” says vascular surgeon Misaki Kiguchi, MD, director of the MedStar Health Vein Centers in the Washington region. “All our vein centers are fully equipped to handle testing, diagnosis, and treatments for venous problems. Each center has its own on-site vascular lab, staffed with accredited licensed technologists who can run tests on the spot for fast, same-day turnarounds.”
Venous insufficiency is a low mortality condition, but can affect a person’s quality of life. The condition is associated with achiness, heaviness, itching, and swelling in the legs, along with cosmetic concerns. In the worst cases, the lack of circulation can result in serious ulcers, threatening both life and limb.
The Vein Centers offer a range of tests including arterial and venous duplex ultrasounds, designed to identify the source of the problem. And while there is no real cure for venous insufficiency, treatment through compression therapy, sclerotherapy, or ablation can stop disease progression and restore quality of life.
“Thanks to today’s minimally invasive procedures, approximately 90 percent of venous therapies are office-based, making treatment efficient and convenient for patients,” says Dr. Arnold. “Basically, we’re creating a comprehensive and connected system of outpatient centers where physicians can confidently send their patients for the highest quality care—every step of the way.” MedStar Health offers four outpatient clinics for venous care throughout the region:
- MedStar Health at Chevy Chase
- MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre, DC
- MedStar Health at McLean, Virginia
- MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
Advanced specialty vascular care and services are also available at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.
For more information or to arrange a consult, please call:
Washington region, 202-877-834
Baltimore region, 443-777-1900