Vascular Anomalies Center of Excellence

Our multidisciplinary team has extensive experience in the diagnoses and treatment of all types of vascular anomalies.

Experts in Diagnosis and Treatment

Approximately ten percent of all children born in the United States have a vascular birthmark. While many of these birthmarks will disappear within a few years of age, about ten percent of these children have a birthmark that will require a specialist's opinion. Parents may face confusion and feelings of helplessness when they are not well-informed about diagnosis and treatment options for their children. We offer patients better outcomes and improved quality of life through advanced treatments and accurate diagnosis of hemangiomas and vascular malformations.

Treatment options may include:

  • Flash-Lamp Pulsed-Dye Laser: Used nationally and internationally, the laser works to remove the small, abnormal vessels in the skin gradually. 
  • Gentle YAG Laser: Treats the vessels within the malformation that become bigger and bluer over time. It targets the specific color and size of the blood vessel.
  • Observation
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Surgery

About Your Visit to the Vascular Anomalies Center

There are a couple of things you can do to get ready for your visit. Here are two ways to prepare:

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • If you arrive late, it is possible your visit will need to be rescheduled due to the amount of time spent with each patient.

Vascular Anomalies patients are seen at the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic located on the 2nd floor of the hospital.

Additional Resources

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The Regional Care Center helps families traveling from another state or country receive world-class pediatric care before, during and after your stay.

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To ensure a smooth and efficient doctor's visit, bring all necessary documents and items, including:

  • Copies of your most recent MRI, CT, X-ray, ultrasound, genetic testing, or other test results relating to your child’s condition.
  • Radiology reading results and a disk copy so we can upload this into our system.  
  • A list of the current medications and past procedures.  

In addition, bring books, games, or other activities to keep your child entertained while waiting for their doctor's appointment. 

When you arrive for your visit, check in at one of our kiosks outside the ENT lobby. You will then be called to the registration desk to finish the check-in process. Please be sure to bring a copy of your insurance card. 

Once checked in, a nurse will call your or your child's name. You will then enter the clinic for a brief weight and height check.

In the exam room, the nurse will ask you questions about you or your child's medical history. 

During the visit with the physician or physicians, they will conduct a thorough examination of you or your child's vascular anomaly. They will then discuss and develop a treatment plan that will be based on you or your child's individual needs.   

There is a potential for same-day tests. Common tests during the visit include: 

  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray
  • Lab work