Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Clinic

The Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital brings together a highly skilled interdisciplinary team of pediatric specialists to provide coordinated and comprehensive care for patients with vascular anomalies. Our specialists work in partnership with the primary care physician and collaborate in the evaluation, treatment and management of patients.

Our team is actively involved in research efforts leading to break-through of new therapeutic approaches to care for patients with vascular anomalies and hemangiomas.

Comprehensive Services

  • Consultation and evaluation of hemangiomas and other vascular malformations such as venous malformations, lymphatic malformations and patients with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome
  • State-of-the-art imaging technology including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and ultrasonography.

Advanced Surgical Approaches

  • Non-operative treatments: drug therapy and interventional radiology
  • Minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Emotional support for patients
  • Family centered care

Our Clinics 

Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Clinic
Outpatient Care Center
555 S. 18th Street, Suite 3A
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-6299
FAX (614) 722-3038

Hemangioma Resection

What is a Hemangioma?

A hemangioma is the most common benign tumor in children. It usually appears soon after birth and grows rapidly for the first 12 months of life. It then slowly shrinks (involutes) over several years.

When Should a Hemangioma be Resected?

Most hemangiomas do not need to be resected. Sometimes, hemangiomas are treated with medications in order to slow down their growth in the first year of life.

Reasons to resect a hemangioma include the following:

  1. A growing hemangioma with ulceration that is not healing

  2. An involuting hemangioma that is causing deformity and psychosocial concerns

  3. A fully involuted hemangioma that is causing deformity.

How is a Hemangioma Resected?

The technique for hemangioma resection depends on the location, size and stage of life of the hemangioma.

Sometimes, the shortest scar is obtained by cutting out a hemangioma as a circle and closing the skin with a purse-string suture. This results in a small scar that may have ripples in it. The ripples usually smooth out over several weeks. In some cases, the resulting scar is revised in a subsequent operation.

What Can I Expect After Hemangioma Resection?

Most children can go home the same day. There is usually minimal pain and bruising in the area. If a purse-string technique was used, there are usually ripples in the scar, which smooth out over several weeks.