When you have circulation problems that require intervention, seek out an expert in vascular and interventional radiology. Dr. Sergei Sobolevsky at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center in Brooklyn has many years of experience in vascular embolization and arterial embolization to resolve various conditions. Trust Dr. Sobolevsky to accurately diagnose and effectively treat any medical issue you’re having with your arteries and veins. Call today for a consultation.
What is Vascular or Arterial Embolization?
Embolization is an image-guided, minimally invasive procedure to stop the blood flow through a diseased vein or artery. The treatment involves the injection of an embolic agent that blocks the blood vessel, which is necessary to prevent further circulation. You may need a vascular embolization procedure to cut off or reduce blood flow to an abnormality, such as a tumor, enlarged organ, inflammation, or venous congestion.
Your blood vessels include arteries and veins. Arteries supply oxygen-rich blood and other nutrients to every part of the body, while veins return oxygen-poor blood back to your heart. Any disruption in the blood circulation may cause serious problems in different organs.
Dr. Sergei Sobolevsky, a Brooklyn-based vascular specialist, is one of the leading arterial embolization specialists in New York City. Dr. Sobolevsky has performed over 25,000 minimally invasive procedures, including arterial and vascular embolization. This vein doctor also offers other advanced vein and artery treatments when needed, including:
What Does Vascular or Arterial Embolization Treat?
Vascular embolization is an alternative to traditional surgery for the treatment of many kinds of vein conditions and artery conditions. Some of these procedures are performed at a hospital and some are best treated in an ambulatory setting. An embolization procedure can be performed in either veins or arteries to treat multiple conditions, including:
- Excessive nosebleeds
- Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging
- Uterine fibroids
- Complications of menstrual periods, including long or heavy bleeding
- Prostate dysfunction
- Vascular malformations, including in arteries, veins, capillaries and the lymphatic system
- Internal bleeding
- Arteriovenous fistulas and malformations which cause blood to spill from an artery to a vein
- Pelvic congestion syndrome
- Some arthritis symptoms in your knee
- Injuries to your spleen, liver or lungs
- An overactive spleen
- Cancers and tumors, such as in liver cancer
- Brain aneurysms
Your Vein and Vascular Specialist at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center relies on interventional radiology techniques to perform advanced treatment procedures in the comfort of their modern offices. There’s no one-fits-all treatment for vein and artery diseases, so after your diagnosis, Dr. Sobolevsky and his team develop a tailored treatment plan for you.
Dr. Sobolevsky provided me with compassionate care during my spider vein treatment. He made the entire experience as comfortable as possible and explained everything thoroughly. I’m grateful for his expertise and would highly recommend him to anyone.
Am I a Candidate for Venous or Arterial Embolization?
Some conditions are best treated with arterial or venous embolization, including:
- Lower urinary tract symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate
- Pelvic pain and vaginal bleeding due to uterine fibroids or adenomyosis
- Pelvic pain due to pelvic venous congestion from malfunctioning pelvic veins
- Male infertility and testicular pain caused by a varicocele
- Knee pain caused by osteoarthritis
After reaching a diagnosis, your vascular specialist may recommend a vascular embolization procedure. The procedure relieves the symptoms that affect your quality of life and improve your health. In addition to vascular embolization, your vein and artery doctor also treats vein problems, including:
How’s the Vascular Embolization Procedure Done?
Before a vascular or arterial embolization, your doctor performs advanced imaging tests, such as a diagnostic ultrasound, CT scan or an MRI. The steps in the embolization procedure include:
- You lie on a procedure table and an assistant administers a sedative to reduce your discomfort.
- Catheter After sterilizing the target area, your doctor punctures your skin with a small needle and inserts a catheter. Top vein specialists use x-ray for imaging guidance — and a contrast medium to see the blood vessel and track the catheter’s progress.
- After the catheter reaches the treatment site, the doctor injects the embolic agent to block the blood flow, either temporarily or permanently. Some embolic agents include liquid glue, metallic coils, gelatin foam or particulate matter.
- After placing the embolic agent, your doctor pulls out the catheter gently, stops any bleeding and dresses the puncture site. No stitches are necessary.
- After treatment. You’re monitored for a short time before the doctor allows you to leave.
What Are the Advantages of Venous and Arterial Embolization?
Some of the benefits of the vascular or arterial embolization treatment include:
- Minimal or no blood loss
- High success rate
- Effective control of abnormal bleeding
- Convenient outpatient vein and artery treatment with no hospital stay
- Fast recovery with minimal downtime, so you return to normal activities quickly
- No scalpels needed, reducing the risks of blood loss and infections
- Treatment for a wide range of conditions caused by blood vessel problems
If you have difficulty urinating due to an enlarged prostate, pelvic pain and excessive vaginal bleeding due to uterine fibroids, pelvic congestion, adenomyosis or male infertility due to a varicocele, visit Dr. Sobolevsky at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center in Downtown Brooklyn. Contact Dr. Sobolevsky in New York City to get effective treatment for any vascular or arterial condition. His practice serves all of Brooklyn and greater New York City.
Sergei Sobolevsky, MD, is a leading specialist in endovascular medicine with experience in vascular and interventional radiology. Dr. Sobolevsky has decades of experience in the field, with over 25,000 procedures performed, accumulating extensive experience in image-guided minimally invasive medicine, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions.
Dr. Sobolevsky earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 1997 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his specialty clinical training in vascular and interventional radiology at Harvard University. Later, he earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and named to the Top Doctors New York Metro Area in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Dr. Sobolevsky is licensed in multiple states, has delivered presentations at numerous institutions in the US and abroad, and now acts as a clinical advisor for the biomedical industry. He also held multiple positions in the field during his career, including Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, Senior Vice President in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Artann Laboratories in North Brunswick, NJ, and Medical Director at the American Endovascular and Amputation Prevention Center in Brooklyn.More About Dr. Sobolevsky
Downtown Vein Treatment Center
480 Court Street, Ste 101
Brooklyn, NY 11231