About Vascular & Interventional Physicians

Spectrum Healthcare Partners’ Vascular & Interventional Physicians specialize in minimally invasive image-guided procedures for the treatment of a broad range of conditions.

Vascular & Interventional (V&I) Physicians include nationally-known experts who provide cutting-edge patient care. The latest and most sophisticated minimally invasive procedures available anywhere in the US are performed by V&I physicians right here in Maine.

V&I physicians incorporate advanced imaging technology to allow for the treatment of complex diseases without a scalpel or open surgery. The result is decreased patient risk, faster recovery time, and lower patient cost. Most procedures are outpatient day surgery.

 

OUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE INCLUDE:

  • Women’s Health Interventions
    • Uterine Fibroid Embolization
    • Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
  • Men’s Health Interventions
    • Varicocele Embolization
    • Prostate Artery Embolization
  • Minimally Invasive Cancer Treatment
    • Liver Cancer
    • Kidney Cancer
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Varicose Veins
  • IVC Filter Retrieval

Uterine Fibroids

Abnormal uterine bleeding Uterine Fibroids (leiomyomas) are benign growths in the uterus. They occur in 20 to 50 percent of women and can cause pain, cramping, heavy periods or irregular periods. The standard approach to treating fibroids in the past has been hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus). Approximately one-third of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the USA each year are to treat fibroids.

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Symptoms

Fibroids can cause a variety of symptoms including: heavy bleeding, pelvic pain/cramping, urinary frequency or incontinence, constipation, pelvic pressure or “fullness”. They can cause pain during sexual intercourse and also result in a difficulty in becoming pregnant.

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Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) usually results from atherosclerosis (plaque build up on the artery walls) in the arteries outside of the heart. Contributing causes include smoking, diabetes, obesity, sedentary lifestyle and genetic factors. This plaque can cause narrowing or blockages in the arteries in the legs, kidneys, intestines and carotids. PVD has been associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality than either heart attacks or stroke.

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Symptoms

When they involve the arteries in the legs, the symptoms usually begin with pain in the calves or legs when walking, that is relieved by rest (this is called “claudication”). Hip and thigh pain may be caused by PVD, as may erectile dysfunction. As it becomes more severe, it can begin to cause pain even at night (“rest pain”) which is relieved when the legs are dangled off the side of the bed or when standing up. This is the beginning of critical limb ischemia. The final stage is when skin ulcerations occur or areas of tissue breakdown which is known as gangrene.
When similar blockages occur in the kidney arteries, this may lead to high blood pressure which is difficult to control, poor kidney function, shrinkage of the kidneys and congestive heart failure.
Blockage in the intestine arteries may lead to pain or cramping shortly after eating. This pain can be quite severe such that patients may start to avoid eating and can lose significant amounts of weight unintentionally.

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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are more than unsightly, they can cause significant pain or discomfort. Varicose veins usually appear between the ages of 30 and 70 and get progressively worse. The good news is that varicose veins can be treated quickly using a minimally invasive technique in our office.

Risk Factors

  • Women are more likely than men are to develop the condition.
  • If other family members had varicose veins, there’s a greater chance that you will too.
  • Being overweight puts added pressure on your veins.
  • Standing for long periods of time also puts added pressure on your veins.

Causes

Veins are an important part of the vascular system. Varicose veins occur when the valves in your veins malfunction. Varicose veins have lost their normal function and the ability to transport blood. When that happens, blood that should be moving toward the heart may flow backward. Blood pools in leg veins, and subsequently enlarge and become varicose.

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Symptoms

  • Heaviness
  • Pain or Tenderness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Restlessness, Cramping
  • Swelling
  • Skin Discoloration

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Cancer

At Vascular & Interventional Physicians, we offer state-of-the-art minimally invasive treatments for a variety of cancers including:

  • Primary or Metastatic (colon, breast) Liver Cancer
  • Primary or Metastatic Lung Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer (Renal Cell Carcinoma)
  • Painful Spine Fractures and Painful Bone Metastases

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DVT

Deep vein thrombosis (“DVT” or clots in the veins) is a very common problem in the United States with approximately 1 million new cases diagnosed each year. Risk factors for DVT include:

  • Recent trauma
  • Major surgery
  • Cancer
  • Use of oral contraceptives
  • Immobilization
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • History of previous clotting problems in the patient or patient’s family

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Symptoms

Deep venous thrombosis is a chronic disease. There is a 25-50% risk of developing post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) at some point after the first DVT. The clinical manifestations of PTS, which include chronic limb swelling, pain, heaviness/fatigue, itching, skin changes and/or skin ulceration. PTS is caused by damage to the veins and vein valves by the clot.

The physical limitations of patients with PTS are comparable to those of patients with other severe chronic medical conditions – many patients are disabled, unable to work, and/or unable to perform household duties. As a result, PTS causes major impairment of quality of life.

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