In an effort to expand its services and patient base, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI) now offers both therapeutic and cosmetic outpatient treatment for select venous disorders at the new MedStar Health in Chevy Chase. The move is designed to appeal to those who want expert care for venous insufficiency, all delivered by a specialty-trained physician, but in a more inviting, non-hospital-based setting.
The Chevy Chase site, which also houses primary care, fits the bill.
Located in the Barlow Building on Wisconsin Avenue, the 4,000 square foot space is across from Saks Fifth Avenue and other upscale shopping and dining. Parking is available on-site and validated for one hour; the Friendship Heights Metro stop is a short walk away.
In addition to primary care and the vein center, an abundance of other MedStar Washington Hospital Center services are also at the Barlow Building, making it easy and convenient for patients to consolidate several appointments in one day. Some are even on the same floor, including Neurology, Urogynecology, Endocrinology and spine care.
Currently offering appointments one day a week, the outpatient vein center has two dedicated exam rooms with diagnostic ultrasound, compression therapy, sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation performed on site. Typically, individuals will have a diagnostic study performed first, in order to define the appropriate therapeutic option. Many procedures can be completed within a single, hour-long session.
“Today’s improved, minimally invasive outpatient techniques are as effective as traditional vein ligation at relieving pain, addressing the root cause of the problem and improving appearances for many people,” says vascular surgeon Misaki Kiguchi, MD, MBA, MSc, who joined MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI) last year from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “Radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy are both well tolerated, with less pain and
a faster return to normal activities than vein stripping. In fact, most patients are surprised by how safe and effective current treatments are.”
Dr. Kiguchi heads up the new MHVI outpatient vein program, with offices at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Chevy Chase. Later this year, the vein program will expand to include new locations at the Lafayette Centre downtown and in McLean, Virginia.
In addition to varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, pelvic congestion syndrome and other venous disorders, Dr. Kigushi is experienced in managing all aspects of peripheral arterial problems, including aortic aneurysm and carotid disease, as well as hemodialysis access.
Whether a patient has a life-threatening vascular condition or a worrisome cosmetic concern, Dr. Kiguchi finds caring for both equally satisfying.