Clinics & Programs

The physicians with Vascular Health Alliance at GHS have developed a comprehensive program for caring for patients with vascular disease.  This has led to the initiation of the GHS Aortic Center for the treatment of any ailment affecting the aorta.  The ranges of diseases treated include: aortic aneurysm (an enlargement of the blood vessel in the chest or abdomen), aortic dissection (a separation in the layers of the blood vessel wall), and aortic occlusive disease (a blockage usually caused by atherosclerosis).

At GHS we have a long tradition of providing innovative care to our patients.  The vascular physicians at GHS were the first in the state of South Carolina to provide a minimally invasive approach to abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms.  This technique has revolutionized the treatment of this disease process.  Evidence of our commitment to aortic disease can be seen by our participation in a number of trials using the newest devices and treatments.  In addition we had the first vascular training program and hybrid operating room (able to accommodate minimally invasive or traditional open surgery) in the state. That being said our approach really begins long before a procedure is offered.  We have the longest running follow-up program in South Carolina for aortic disease.  Many of our patients may never need surgery for their disease but rest comfortably knowing that we will be monitoring the condition on a regular basis with office visits and imaging exams (ultrasound or CT scans).  This follow-up protocol allows us to keep a watchful eye on the comprehensive vascular well-being of our patients.

If you or a loved-one has been diagnosed with any disease process affecting the aorta please contact us for an appointment with one of our many capable providers at (864) 454-VASC (8272).

Common diseases we treat: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Aortic Dissection, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm,  and Aortic Occlusive Disease

The National Institute on Health reports that close to one in three people 40 and older with diabetes has at least one area on their feet that lacks feeling. Patients with diabetes that have difficulty controlling their blood sugar, high cholesterol, weight or blood pressure are at higher risk for nerve damage and wounds that will not heal, which could result in an amputation.

The Greenville Health System Vascular Health Alliance Center for Amputation Prevention has a multi-disciplinary lower extremity amputation prevention program designed to help these patients do more than recover, but get on track to lead a more productive life. For those who may have been on the sidelines due to a major wound or infection caused by diabetes, poor circulation or other disorders, the team at the Center for Amputation Prevention is committed to making amputation a last resort.

Common Lower Extremity Diagnosis & Treatment Options

  • Advanced Techniques for Wound closure
  • Bioengineered Skin Tissue Grafts
  • Charcot Foot
  • Foot-sparing Amputations
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
  • Non-healing Wounds
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Location

Center for Amputation Prevention
200 Patewood Drive, Suite C300, Greenville, SC 29615
864 454-FOOT (3668)

The Center for Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (formerly the Vein Center) at the Vascular Health Alliance of the Heart & Vascular Institute offers the latest technology for the diagnosis and treatment of venous disorders as well as cosmetic treatment of varicose veins. Operating within a world-class, comfortable facility, the Upstate’s only board certified vascular disease specialists provide patients with non-invasive evaluations of the three main components of the vascular system—arterial, venous and lymphatic—and help patients regain their vitality through advanced treatments for varicose veins.

Our Institute is affiliated with the Vascular Health Alliance, a not-for-profit organization created to standardize patient care around evidence-based protocols for treatment. No matter which physician you see from this collaborative team of top vascular surgeons and vascular medicine specialists, you’ll receive a consistent, standardized level of treatment deemed the best practice in the vascular world.

Our goal is to provide every vein patient an experience that addresses their issues in the most comfortable way possible while ultimately building their confidence and improving their quality of life.

Our team suggests a proactive approach to reducing the impact of venous disease and to preventing outbreaks of varicose and spider veins. Keep your veins healthy by exercising regularly, wearing support hose or compression socks, elevating your feet above your heart, moisturizing skin, treating fungal infections immediately, maintaining a healthy weight and lowering your salt intake.

Common Conditions Treated

  • Varicose Veins
  • Spider Veins

Treatments to help you look and feel better

  • Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
  • Micro-incisional Phlebectomy
  • Sclerotherapy

Location

Vascular Health Alliance
200 Patewood Drive Suite 300C, Greenville, SC 29615
(864) 454-VEIN (8346)

The Vascular Health Alliance is the largest, most comprehensive vascular care center in the Southeast. The VHA is located at Greenville Health System Patewood Campus and is one of the only facilities in the United States that provides patients access to a complete range of vascular care. The VHA is a comprehensive center that provides diagnosis, testing, and therapeutic treatments all under one roof.

  • Center for Venous and Lymphatic Medicine
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Vascular Medicine
  • Wound Care

Some of the most common conditions that vascular medicine specialists treat include:

  • Varicose veins and spider veins
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Leg pain (Buerger’s Disease)
  • Non-healing wounds
  • Aneurysm
  • Renal artery disease
  • Blood Clots – deep vein thrombosis
  • Lymphedema – swelling of arms or legs due to a buildup of fluid
  • Management of risk factors such as high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes

Vascular Health Alliance

200 Patewood Road, Suite 300-C, Greenville, SC 29615
(864) 454-8346 | View Map

Designed with faster, better results in mind, our nationally accredited, state-of-the-art vascular lab is located next to our patient exam rooms, allowing doctors to make diagnoses and treatment decisions without delay. One of the busiest in the region, the vascular lab at the Vascular Health Alliance sees over 20,000 patients each year.

Each day, the Vascular Health Alliance is bringing a more accessible, integrated and compassionate approach to vascular care. Our team believes the best technology and research cannot work for patients without the cooperation and dedication of a comprehensive spectrum of professionals—surgeons, internists, cardiologists, radiologists, primary care physicians and physician assistants.

Accreditation

The GHS Vascular Laboratory is accredited by IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission) in five vascular testing areas:
• Extracranial Testing: Carotid artery ultrasound is used for the evaluation of the possible etiology of a stroke or for the prevention of a stroke in the future. Ultrasound provides clear images of the carotid arteries and can identify areas of suspected plaque or stenosis. These images assist the vascular surgeon in making medical treatment or surgical planning decisions.
• Peripheral Arterial Testing: Arterial testing is used to evaluate both the aorta and peripheral arteries in the arms, hands, legs and feet. Vascular laboratory peripheral arterial testing is used for the evaluation of atherosclerosis and other vascular diseases in the extremities, which may produce pain in the extremity or threaten the limb. Arterial testing combines blood pressure measurements with duplex ultrasound to provide physicians with a complete picture of upper and lower extremity circulation.
• Peripheral Venous Testing: Venous ultrasound is the gold standard for the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis (DVT), which is a lifethreatening
condition that can be treated when diagnosed. Venous ultrasound also is used to help determine the cause and treatment of varicose veins. By using ultrasound imaging in conjunction with blood pressure cuffs, physicians can conduct a thorough investigation of the veins and determine if venous reflux is present.
• Vascular Screenings: These tests screen for asymptomatic cardiovascular disease, promote risk factor modification and offer earlier intervention to
reduce future morbidity.
• Visceral Vascular Testing: Renal artery and mesenteric artery testing examines the circulation of the deep organs such as the kidneys or the digestive organs. Renal artery duplex evaluates the blood flow to the kidneys and looks for disease processes that can lead to hypertension or kidney failure. Mesenteric ultrasound evaluates for circulatory disorders of the gut, such as mesenteric ischemia, a vascular cause of unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain after eating.

For further information or to schedule an exam, please call the following:
GHS Vascular Lab–Laurens: (864) 938-2848
GHS Vascular Lab–Oconee: (864) 882-7189
All other locations: (864) 454-VASC (8272)

Vascular Medicine is a subspecialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with diseases of the arteries, veins, and lymph system. Physicians who specialize in vascular medicine are skilled in patient evaluation, vascular diagnostic testing, and medical and interventional treatment, and can recommend vascular surgery when appropriate.

Non-invasive diagnosis is made possible with the GHS vascular laboratory housed at the Vascular Health Alliance. With the highest levels of accreditation, the Alliance vascular lab program is one of the largest in the Southeast, with certified vascular technologists performing more than more than 18,000 diagnostic tests each year.

For additional information on Vascular Medicine, visit the Vascular Disease Foundation.

Services

Some of the most common conditions that vascular medicine specialists treat include:

  • Varicose veins and spider veins
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Leg pain (Buerger’s Disease)
  • Non-healing wounds
  • Aneurysm
  • Renal artery disease
  • Blood Clots – deep vein thrombosis
  • Lymphedema – swelling of arms or legs due to a buildup of fluid
  • Management of risk factors such as high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes

Vascular Surgery

Since its formation in 1994, the Greenville Health System (GHS) Division of Vascular Surgery has worked to build a team that encompasses “all things vascular.” The division started the state’s only vascular residency program in 2002 and then launched the state’s first vascular medicine fellowship in 2007.

Surgeons in the Division of Vascular Surgery have been responsible for surgical firsts in the Greenville area and beyond. They were the first in the state to implant aortic stent grafts, including grafts to treat both abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) and thoracic aneurysms. They also were pioneers in performing combined open and endovascular surgeries.

Endovascular Surgery

GHS built the state’s first endovascular operating room, which became a model for other systems across the Southeast. Since then, GHS has invested in converting four of its interventional radiology suites into endovascular ORs. These rooms have a laminar flow of oxygen circulating so that surgeons can perform open surgery with anesthesia as well as endovascular procedures, or a combination of the two, with imaging capability at all times.

Patients have access to a wide variety of endovascular treatments and are typically discharged from the hospital in one or two days. Our team has the expertise to perform more types of endovascular procedures than any other practice in the region.

Endovascular Services

  • Drug-eluting Stents
  • Endovascular Stent Grafts
  • GORE® EXCLUDER® Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA)
  • Peripheral Atherectomy
  • Thrombolytic Therapy

For more information on treatments of vascular disease or to refer a patient in call (864) 454-VASC (8272).

Locations

Vascular Health Alliance
200 Patewood Road, Suite 300-C, Greenville, SC 29615
864-454-8272

Vascular Health Alliance
340 Medical Parkway, Suite 200, Greer, SC 29650
864-454-8272

Upstate Surgical Associates
103 Omni Drive, Suite B, Seneca, SC 29672
864-886-9250

 

Every year, 3 million to 5 million Americans are unable to live comfortable, productive lives as a result of non-healing wounds. At our GHS wound healing and hyperbaric centers, our team of providers helps individuals struggling with wounds get on the fast track to recovery by managing their persistent wounds and ulcers with the latest technology and treatments.

We treat you by getting to know you. What should you expect? On your first visit, we will examine your wound, ask some questions and review your medical history. Next, diagnostic testing may be needed. Upon a thorough analysis of your results, our team will design a customized treatment program based on your individual needs.

We believe healing requires both the best technology and the collaboration of dedicated, caring professionals who value the dignity of every person. This understanding of the human element in total health is what sets our practice apart and is what’s making the difference in the lives of our patients each day.

Our wound care staff works in conjunction with your primary care physician so that you receive a continuum of care (from the hospital and outpatient services to home health care). This way, you can feel confident that your treatment, at any point in the process, is consistent with the long-term recovery plan.

Wounds Treated

• Wounds slow to heal or not healing
• Foot or leg ulcers/wounds
• Surgical wounds that have opened/not healed
• Skin grafts or surgical flaps that are not healing
• Open wounds caused by radiation
• Diabetic foot or leg ulcers
• Leg ulcers related to vein problems
• Leg wounds related to circulation or arterial issues
• Bone infection or infected wounds
• Non-healing trauma wounds
• Pressure wounds
• Burns that are slow to heal

Specialty Wound Care Provided

• Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
• Advanced “smart” topical wound care dressings
• Advanced negative pressure wound therapy
• Advanced therapy products, including skin substitutes
• Infectious disease management
• Vascular evaluation
• Laboratory evaluation
• Nutritional evaluation
• Diabetic education

Locations

GHS Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center
Vascular Health Alliance at Patewood
200 Patewood Drive, Building C, Third Floor Greenville, SC 29615
(864) 454-2852

Upstate Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
1073 Medical Ridge Road Clinton, SC 29325
(864) 833-3557

GHS Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine–Oconee
298 Memorial Drive Seneca, SC 29672
(864) 482-3230

Baptist Easley Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center
(A collaboration of GHS and Baptist Easley Hospital)
200 Fleetwood Drive Easley, SC 29640
(864) 442-8229

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Chuck Stowe, a patient at VHA shares his story of suffering from an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and his experience receiving an endovascular stent.

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