As the trend continues to offer procedures that are less invasive and require much less recovery time, the field of interventional radiology is becoming more widely recognized by patients in general. Enter Dr. Vivek Mishra, M.D., an interventional radiologist with expertise in minimally-invasive procedures who specializes in the treatment of varicose veins. He practices at the Vein & Laser Institute locations in Valparaiso, Munster, and Crown Point.
Since his fellowship training, Dr. Mishra has been performing complex interventional radiology procedures, including varicose vein treatments, for the last 10 years.
“Varicose veins are underdiagnosed and undertreated, and we have seen an explosion of new medications and procedures in the last few years,” Dr. Mishra said. “As a fellow at Rush University, I provided care in a vein clinic. I always enjoyed treating patients with varicose veins and seeing how much better they felt afterwards, and the positive change in their lives after treatment. So, our radiology team opened a vein clinic to serve the patients in Northwest Indiana, providing leading-edge technology to treat our patients.”
Dr. Mishra completed his medical degree and first radiology residency from University of Delhi. He completed his second radiology residency from Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, and two fellowships from Rush University Medical Center - one in interventional radiology and another in neuroradiology. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in radiology and the two subspecialties.
Dr. Mishra said that varicose vein treatment has evolved over the last 10 years to the benefit of the patient.
“The downtime after a procedure is minimal and the patients walk out of the clinic with minimal pain. Some of the newer procedures and medications don't even require any anesthetic and are almost painless,” he said.
With fellowship training and board certification in two specialty fields, Dr. Mishra has helped improve the lives of patients with complex and sometimes rare conditions.
“Both interventional radiology and neuroradiology are full of cases that have been intellectually exciting and satisfying in terms of patient care,” he said. “A couple of years ago we were able to diagnose a local patient with a rare disease called Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. When I had the discussion with the neurologist, the clinical presentation fit perfectly and we were able to direct the appropriate higher level of care,” Dr. Mishra said.
“In interventional radiology, for example, we can stop internal bleeding using catheters and coils on a regular basis, and the result is very gratifying because we see immediate stabilization of our patient’s clinical condition so they can avoid further blood transfusions,” Dr. Mishra added.
To stay current in his practice and to ensure his patients have access to the latest technology and care available, Dr. Mishra has continued his research work in clinical practice - a precedent started during his residencies and fellowship training.
“One particular study that comes to mind involves ultrasound evaluation of neonatal spine to evaluate for congenital malformations,” he said. In layman's terms, that means using ultrasound technology to evaluate a baby’s spine before they are born to check for problems so they can be addressed and treated early. “We collected data throughout the year and wrote a paper. In the process, we changed the protocols for evaluating neonatal spine in the department, and eventually shared our findings at a national forum,” he said.
Dr. Mishra emigrated to the Chicagoland area from Delhi, India in 1999 and now calls Northwest Indiana his home. When he is not taking care of patients, Dr. Mishra is spending time with his wife Dr. Sonali Shukla - a pathologist, department chair, and board member at La Porte Hospital - and their two children.
“I love traveling around the world and discovering new places and learning about new culture. If I was not a physician, I might have been a mechanical engineer. I love working with hands and that is why I gravitated toward interventional radiology,” he said.
For more information about how Dr. Mishra and his team can help with varicose veins or other conditions that can be treated with interventional radiology, visit the Vein & Laser Institute online or call 219-736-8118.