What Is an Angio Suite and How Does It Help Our Patients?
An Angiography (Angio) Suite is an innovative medical space fully-equipped with advanced imaging technology that allows you to undergo certain vascular procedures in an outpatient setting. It is often used to assess or increase blood flow, examine the condition of blood vessels after a trauma or surgery, and perform other angiographic surgeries.
With our Angio Suites, patients can complete the entire perioperative process, including pre-op, the procedure itself, and recovery — all right in our Marietta and Austell offices.
What’s Included in an Angio Suite?
An Angio Suite is a fully functional, sterile environment equipped with an image-guided system that doctors use to perform real-time diagnostics and therapeutic procedures. The space has all of the tools and technology of an operating room found in conventional hospitals, without the need to go through hospital procedures or stay there overnight. Most Angio Suites feature an x-ray generator, image intensifier, a rotating operating table that enables easy patient positioning, and are fully-stocked with all necessary surgical tools.
What Procedures Can Be Performed in an Angio Suite?
A number of vascular procedures can be performed in our Angio Suites, including:
- Groshong catheter placement
- IVC filter Insertion and removal
- Mesenteric artery angioplasty and stent placement
- Peripheral arterial atherectomy, balloon angioplasty and stent placement
- Permacath placement
- Portacath placement and removal
- Renal artery angioplasty and stent placement
- Shuntogram, including balloon angioplasty and stenting of dialysis access
- Thrombectomy (declot) of dialysis access
- Venogram and venous stenting
What Are the Benefits of an Angio Suite?
In the past, patients with conditions such as peripheral artery disease often had to go to hospitals just to receive minimally invasive procedures. It was also necessary for them to see multiple different caregivers in different areas of the hospital for a diagnosis, procedure, and follow-up care. Even in outpatient settings, the pre- and post-op care could result in many hours spent at the facility.
Angio Suites revolutionize outpatient procedures and are better able to adjust to evolving clinical demands by giving surgeons a dedicated space for these minimally-invasive, image-guided procedures. Patients benefit by avoiding extended hospital stays, which are sometimes linked to increased risk of infection, and may also add further emotional stress to the situation.
Angio Suites also enable expedited perioperative times and superior outcomes by reducing wait and procedure times, and simplifying scheduling and check-in. The current development of Smart Angio Suites also combines audio-video technology and internet connectivity, which allows for even more expert communication and collaboration during procedures.
Here at Vascular Surgical Associates, patient health and satisfaction is our number-one priority, which is why we offer state-of-the-art Angio Suites to make the entirety of your procedure as comfortable as possible. Our Angio Suites provide a smooth and relaxed outpatient experience, with the added peace of mind that you’re in the care of our board-certified vascular surgeons. We use the same safety protocols and cutting-edge technology as hospitals do, but you get the benefit of reduced wait times and no hospital stay. As a result, you get to recover in the comfort of your own home sooner.