Author: Western Vascular Institute

Can amputation be prevented?

 

Many lower-limb amputations can be prevented. Here are

some actions you can take to reduce the risk:

  • Inspect your feet daily
  • Avoid going barefoot
  • Have your podiatrist/vascular surgeon
    inspect your feet every visit
  • Regular exercise such as walking
    to keep blood flowing
  • Quit smoking
  • Control your blood sugar

Introducing Adam Calarese M.D.

We are pleased to announce the addition of Adam Calarese M.D. to the team of talented Vascular Surgeons here at Western Vascular Institute.

Dr. Calarese is from Boston, MA, and graduated from Boston College with his undergraduate degree. He then earned a post-baccalaureate premedical degree from Harvard University. After Harvard, he attended Drexel University College of Medicine where he received his medical degree.

Dr. Calarese then completed a full General Surgery residency at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. Once his General Surgery residency was complete, Dr. Calarese finalized his extensive training with a two-year fellowship in Vascular Surgery from the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute. He is excited to be in the Phoenix Metro Area and ready to serve all those with vein and vascular issues.

For an appointment with Dr. Calarese, please contact one of our new patient coordinators at (480) 668-5000 ext. 332.

Wound Care

Our board-certified wound specialists will go beyond routine wound cleaning. Our providers use cutting-edge technology coupled with vascular/venous care to treat the source of the wound and provide lasting relief and wound healing. #wounds #woundcare #vascular #vein #vascularsurgery #diabetes #venous

Introducing Daniel Krcelic M.D.

Western Vascular Institute is excited to announce that Daniel Krcelic M.D. has joined our group of exceptional vascular surgeons. We are very grateful for his addition and look forward to the unparalleled vascular care he will provide to the WVI patients.

Doctor Krcelic is trained in all aspects of vascular surgery in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. He completed his fellowship in vascular surgery at Carolinas Medical Center and Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte. Dr. Krcelic said. “I care deeply about my patients, and joining Western Vascular Institute brings another skilled vascular specialist to meet the needs of patients in the Phoenix Metro Area,”.

What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization or UFE?

What Are Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow on or within the muscle tissue of the uterus.

Common Fibroid Symptoms
Some of the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include heavy, excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and pressure, and urinary incontinence and frequency. If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of uterine fibroid tumors, you may find it difficult to perform your daily activities and maintain your way of life.

Types Of Fibroids
There are different types of fibroids and their size can range from very small (walnut size) to as large as a cantaloupe or even larger. It is common for a woman to have multiple fibroid tumors and it may be difficult to understand which fibroid is causing her symptoms.

Who Is At Risk For Fibroids
Approximately 20-40% of women 35 years and older have fibroid tumors. Fibroids are more common among women of African-American descent. Some statistics indicate that up to 80% of African-American women will develop uterine fibroids. Find out if you are at risk for uterine fibroids.

If you have fibroids you have options. While some women do not experience any of the symptoms of fibroids, the location and size of fibroid tumors can cause symptoms that can affect a woman’s quality of life. Take a look at the treatment options available.

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)

UFE is a less invasive procedure for the treatment of uterine fibroids.

The process typically lasts less than an hour and requires only a small incision into the femoral artery. The procedure is designed to block the blood supply to the uterine fibroids, causing them to shrink. As one of the alternatives to hysterectomy procedures, UFE is clinically proven to reduce the major symptoms of uterine fibroids.

 

Arteriovenous Fistula Creation

 

An Arteriovenous fistula or AV Fistula creation is a surgical connection made by a Vascular Surgeon between an artery and a vein for a patient diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease or ESRD. Typically they are located in the arm and are created to allow for long-term Hemo-Dialysis access. AV Fistula connections are the preferred access method for patients needing long-term dialysis because of their long-term functionality.

https://vascular.org/patients/vascular-treatments/dialysis-access

https://www.westernvascular.com/vascular-surgery/end-stage-renal-disease/

Matters of the Heart Exhibition With Dr. Julio Rodriguez

The heart is a muscular organ about the size of a fist, located at the center of our chest that pumps blood through the network of arteries and veins. It pumps around 6 liters of blood per minute. The heart’s vital performance can be affected by a number of factors, causing it to beat too slow, too fast, or even cause it to fail. Aside from physical ailments, emotions such as joy, sadness, and grief can positively or negatively affect the heart’s performance and health.

Figuratively, the deepest and most noble thoughts and feelings, as well as the darker ones, have been attributed to originating from the heart. Matters of the heart are the most important things in our lives and move us deeply. They bring us joy and laughter, along with sadness and tears. They are things that touch our hearts, fill our hearts, and break our hearts. They are what makes us fully human. Matters of the heart connect us to each other and to God.

This exhibition showcases new and original works of art by Dr. Julio Rodriguez-Lopez (renowned vascular surgeon) in acrylic paint with some new watercolor features. These pieces in essence merge the clinical with the metaphorical presentations of the heart and reveal the connection between both.

Schedule an Appointment with Renowned Vascular Surgeon Dr. Julio Rodriguez

Not only is Dr. Julio Rodriguez an amazing artist but, he is also an highly-trained vascular surgeon. Dr. Rodriguez is an internationally renowned vascular surgeon who has devoted his life to Vascular education, research, and teaching. He is dedicated to providing you with comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for all of our vascular conditions. For more information, contact Western Vascular Institute at (480) 668-5000 and schedule an appointment today!

Western Vascular Institute Voted Arizona’s Best Medical Specialists

Lovin’ Life After 50 has awarded Western Vascular Institute as America’s Best Medical Specialist!

We are grateful to be voted as the best medical specialist recommended by readers and peers in the Lovin’ Life after 50 Magazine and website.

Check out our award in Lovin’ Life After 50 (see page 34)!

Visit Western Vascular Institute Today!

If you are in the Phoenix, Arizona area and looking for a vein or vascular clinic, visit Western Vascular Institute today! Our board-certified surgeons specialize in utilizing the latest in technology to provide the best in vein and vascular care. For more information, call (480) 668-5000 and schedule an appointment today!

 

Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes awareness month. The risk of dying from a vascular disease with diabetes is 3-4 times higher than those without diabetes. It is extremely important for individuals with diabetes to be seen by a vascular surgeon and get the care they need and deserve!

Schedule an Appointment for Diabetes Treatment in Phoenix, Arizona

If you currently suffer from diabetes and are in the Phoenix, Arizona area, call Western Vascular Institute today! Our highly-trained vascular surgeons will take the time to provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and give you the tools needed to prevent vascular disease. For more information, contact our vascular clinic at (480) 668-5000 and schedule an appointment today!