Reproductive Health

Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in Mays Landing, NJ

Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County in Mays Landing, New Jersey offers cutting-edge vascular therapies to treat reproductive health disorders in men and women. These technologically advanced, minimally-invasive treatments can correct conditions like erectile dysfunction, nonsurgical male varicocele, and pelvic congestion syndrome. To find nonsurgical treatments for your reproductive health problems, call Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County or schedule an appointment online.

Reproductive Health Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or maintain an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse.

Blocked or narrowed blood vessels in the pelvis (atherosclerosis) cause an estimated 70% of erectile dysfunction cases. Atherosclerosis is systemic and affects multiple vascular beds.  If patients are having symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) in their lower extremities, there is a good chance this same disease process is contributing to the accompanying ED. Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County evaluates ED using an arteriogram, a minimally invasive diagnostic technique, while evaluating for PAD as well.

An arteriogram uses contrast dye to map the blood flow to your lower extremities, including the artery that supplies blood to the penis.  It can identify blockages, narrowing, or damage in your arteries. Based on your results, Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County might suggest angioplasty for treatment.

Angioplasty and stenting are procedures that open narrowed or blocked blood vessels. Your provider inserts a catheter through the femoral artery in your groin to locate the blockage. They reopen the blood vessel either by inflating a balloon or by inserting a tiny metal cylinder to hold the blood vessel open, including your pudendal artery which supplies blood flow to your penis.

Angioplasty for ED is an outpatient procedure. It takes between one and two hours and provides immediate results.

What is a varicocele?

A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins of the testicles and scrotum that can cause symptoms like pain, testicular atrophy (shrinking), and fertility problems.

To treat varicoceles, our team of specialists perform a non-surgical procedure called a varicocele embolization, or catheter-directed embolization. During this procedure, the doctor creates a small nick in the skin of the groin using local anesthesia. Then, a small catheter is passed into the testicular vein where contrast dye is used to visualize the problem and uses coils or sclerosants (medicine injected into the blood vessels to cause them to shrink) to block the abnormal veins.

This treatment is highly effective, with less risk, less pain, and less recovery time than surgery.

What is pelvic congestion syndrome?

Pelvic congestion syndrome occurs when you have enlarged varicose veins in your ovaries and pelvis. Varicose veins develop when their one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backward because of gravity become damaged or weak. This dysfunction allows blood to pool and causes them to swell.

Pelvic congestion syndrome usually affects women who have been pregnant, because pregnancy increases blood flow in the pelvis.

Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County offers ovarian vein embolization for treatment. This minimally invasive therapy uses a small catheter inserted in the femoral artery in your groin to introduce medication to the enlarged pelvic veins. That seals off the vein and relieves pressure.  

Call Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County or schedule an appointment online today.

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