Using IVUS Intravascular Ultrasound, Stenting
and Balloon Angioplasty
May-Thurner Syndrome, also known as Iliac Vein Compression Syndrome, is an anatomical variant that affects 20-30% of people in the United States.
To most accurately diagnose and precisely treat May-Thurner Syndrome, Intravascular Ultrasound technology must be used because Intravascular Ultrasound allows vascular surgeons to identify the exact location of iliac vein compression.
The veins and arteries in the pelvic region are too far above the groin area and too deep in the pelvis to be effectively imaged using doppler ultrasound, CT scan or venography.
Iliac Vein & Iliac Artery Diseases
Iliac Vein Compression happens when the iliac veins located in the pelvic area become compressed by the iliac arteries against the spine.
With each heart beat, the iliac arteries pound against the iliac veins. This constant pounding eventually causes the iliac veins to become compressed, resulting in restriction of blood flow through the iliac veins.
This restriction of blood flow through the iliac veins prevents the blood from flowing freely upwards from the legs towards the heart. As a result, blood pools in the legs and becomes stagnant, putting the leg at risk of a multitude of debilitating symptoms.
Without the right technology, when diagnosing vascular diseases in the intricate region of the pelvic area, 35%-50% of cases can be missed if only frontal projection venograms and CT scans are used.
Thanks to the development of IVUS Intravascular Ultrasound technology, the vascular surgeons at The Vein and Vascular Institute of Spring Hill can easily see every detail within your iliac arteries and iliac veins and quickly reach an accurate diagnosis of the presence of any vascular disease that is compromising your health and your quality of life.
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What Is The IVUS Procedure?
During Intravascular Ultrasound our vascular surgeons insert a small ultrasonic probe directly into the iliac veins. This probe transmits an ultrasound image, mapping out every detail within the iliac veins, including the exact location of iliac vein compression. This intravascular ultrasound imaging allows our vascular surgeons to make a 100% accurate diagnosis.
IVUS INTRAVASCULAR ULTRASOUND PROCEDURE
TO TREAT MAY-THURNER SYNDROME
IVUS Provides The Most Accurate
Vascular Diagnosis & Treatment Available Anywhere
Now our vascular surgeons can discover and treat any occlusion, aneurysm, or compression in the iliac arteries and iliac veins with 100% precision, using the help of IVUS imaging ultrasound technology.
If you have been experiencing:
And you have been receiving treatment for these conditions, but your symptoms persist, the problem may be in your iliac arteries or veins.
Once iliac vein compression (May-Thurner Syndrome) is diagnosed, our vascular surgeons use stenting and balloon angioplasty to widen the compressed section of the iliac vein.
The IVUS Intravascular Ultrasound probe is used again to make sure that the stent is correctly positioned within the iliac vein and to make sure that the iliac vein has been widely opened to allow maximum blood flow.
After the blood flow through the iliac veins has been restored, blood will no longer pool in the legs and the symptoms related to May-Thurner Syndrome will start to go away, improving your overall vascular health so you can enjoy the quality of life that you deserve.
If you are suffering from May-Thurner Syndrome (Iliac Vein Compression Syndrome), or if you are experiencing symptoms, such as leg swelling, chronic leg pain, varicose veins, one leg larger than the other, or leg ulcers that do not heal, our vascular surgeons can help restore blood flow in your legs and free you from your symptoms.
To see if you are a candidate for the IVUS Intravascular Ultrasound procedure, you can schedule a vascular consultation with one of our vascular surgeons at The Vein and Vascular Institute of Spring Hill by calling (352) 505-1737.