The new Jefferson Vascular Center (JVC) at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital offers an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis, management and treatment of vascular diseases (diseases of blood vessels) and thrombotic (blood-clotting) disorders all under one roof. Millions of adults in the United States develop thrombotic disorders every year so having a state-of-the-art center with all the clinical and diagnostic tools in one localized area provides the best possible treatment options for patients.
The JVC incorporates Jefferson's Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Medical Vascular Service, and Vascular Ultrasound Radiology to offer patients a collaborative approach to their vascular issues. Using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and minimally-invasive treatment modalities, the JVC specializes in the treatment of:
•Blocked arteries of the neck, abdomen and leg that cause stroke and leg pain;
•Enlarged arteries (aneurysms) of the chest, abdomen, and legs that can rupture;
•Clotting disorders that cause blood clots in the legs or lungs;
•Varicose veins that cause leg pain;
•Diabetic foot wounds;
•Management and education in the use of blood thinners.
One Stop Shop
"Being able to provide a one stop diagnosis and treatment experience for our patients is ideal because vascular conditions and diseases are complex and often involve more than one of the body's systems at a time," said Paul DiMuzio, M.D., co-director. "With the new Jefferson Vascular Center, patients will no longer have to go to different departments for the various tests they will require. We have it all right here."
"Vascular diseases and thrombotic disorders are extremely common, affecting people of all ages. In many cases, these diseases and disorders are highly treatable or even preventable," said Gino Merli, M.D., co-director. "We offer a patient-centric experience at the Jefferson Vascular Center. We have uncomplicated the sometimes difficult to navigate screening and treatment system by offering all of our services in one spot. This unification of surgery and medicine under one center will provide a much easier experience for our vascular patients."
Expert Diagnostic Testing
"Vascular ultrasound and noninvasive diagnostics are among the first steps to establish the correct diagnosis and plan the proper treatments for vascular patients," said Laurence Needleman, M.D., co-director "These tests are also ideal following treatment since they do not require the use of radiation. Our technologists and physicians are among the most experienced in the region and the country."
SOURCE Jefferson Vascular Center