AVA Vascular Opens New Office in San Diego County

Hema Dey May 25, 2024

For many conditions like osteoarthritis of the knee or hemorrhoids, open surgery represents the final step when other treatment methods have failed to resolve the issue or stop working. For others, like peripheral artery disease (PAD), surgery is a last resort when complications become life-threatening issues. However, it’s no wonder that patients hesitate to go ahead when surgery is presented as the next step, because large incisions, lengthy recovery times, and the possibility of infection all pose additional health risks that must be carefully weighed. 

At AVA Vascular, we specialize in giving patients an alternative to traditional surgery, eliminating the need for lengthy hospital stays and lowering the risk of complications. Dr. Nik Patel is not only an accomplished interventional radiologist, but he is also an instructor and pioneer in the field who has helped train numerous other physicians in new techniques. We’re proud to announce that our practice has now expanded to a new, larger facility in Vista, California. In addition to our locations in Murietta and Corona, our new location at 906 Sycamore Ave, Suite 100 in Vista offers our patients the latest in diagnostic equipment and minimally invasive treatment methods that allow them to regain their quality of life without the pain and risk of surgery. We’re thrilled to be able to enhance access to our life-changing care in San Diego County and throughout the Southern California area. 

The Difference Interventional Radiology Can Make

Unlike traditional surgery, interventional radiology (IR) treats the cause of disease without large incisions or the use of general anesthesia. Guided by medical imaging such as ultrasounds or x-rays, IR procedures use a tiny incision to access the blood vessels and deliver treatment exactly where it is needed. Only light to moderate sedation is required, and procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to recover in the comfort and safety of their own homes. 

How great a difference can this make for patients? Consider three common conditions that can be treated with IR: 

Osteoarthritis of the knee – Wear and tear on the knee joint damages cartilage over time, leading to pain and inflammation that can restrict daily activity. Knee replacement, a major surgical procedure with an extended, grueling recovery, may not be appropriate for all patients. Genicular artery embolization (GAE), by contrast, is a minimally invasive procedure that blocks inflammatory cells that increase pain, damage, and inflammation from reaching the joint for long-lasting pain relief and improvement in mobility without surgery.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) – In this condition, which more often affects the legs and feet, plaques in arteries that supply the limbs restrict blood flow to the muscles, leading to pain and cramping during activity. In its most severe form, PAD can cause pain when at rest, muscle wasting, and loss of hair on the legs and feet, among other symptoms. In addition, the lack of healthy blood flow can allow small injuries on the feet to develop into open sores that fail to heal and become infected. Blocked arteries caused by PAD can be opened with interventional radiological techniques that permit the restoration of circulation and allow the body to heal itself, avoiding serious outcomes like amputation. 

Hemorrhoids – When internal hemorrhoids are recurrent or have prolapsed, surgery may be suggested when less invasive treatments have failed to eliminate the problem. However, traditional surgery for this issue is bloody, painful, and traumatic. Interventional radiology makes it possible to block circulation to the enlarged blood vessels in the rectum, naturally shrinking the hemorrhoids and eliminating symptoms such as bleeding, pain, and pressure.

Providing Minimally Invasive Alternatives in Southern California

If you’re located in San Diego County and would like to learn more about your options for treating knee osteoarthritis, peripheral artery disease, and other conditions without surgery, AVA Vascular is here to give you answers. To schedule a consultation at our new facility in Vista, or at our offices in Murrieta or Corona, contact us today. 

We offer an alternative to traditional surgeries which can have long recovery timesand higher rates of complications for many common conditions such as arthritis of the knee, BPH, and hemorrhoids. We bring awareness to both patients and primary care physicians about PAD and alternative minimally invasive treatment options.


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    25485 Medical Center Drive, Suite 106,
    Murrieta CA, 92562


    1820 Fullerton Ave, Suite 125,
    Corona, CA 92881


    906 Sycamore Ave, Suite 100,
    Vista, CA 92081


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