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Interventional Radiology

What is it?

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Complex Conditions

Our experts in minimally invasive procedures diagnose and treat many conditions. Some of these procedures involve making very small incisions in your upper leg. Your doctor then threads thin hollow tube (catheter) to the area of your body to be treated—your heart, liver, spine or abdomen. Doctors insert special instruments through the catheter to perform the intervention.

Your doctors can then use previously obtained images of you, MRI, X-rays or ultrasound to guide them during the procedure.

For you, that means:

•          Very small incisions

•          Less trauma to your body

•          Less bleeding and pain

•          Less risk of infection

•          Faster recovery

 

Less Risk, Better Results

These treatments offer less risk, less pain and shorter recovery time for our patients and often deliver the same or better results without surgical risks and long hospital stays.

•          IR technology is patient-friendly

•          Outpatient or brief hospital stays

•          Tiny incisions minimize scarring

•          Less pain and blood loss

•          Quick recovery time

•          Often less expensive than traditional surgery

 

No Scalpel Required

Interventional Radiology is a field of medicine that specializes in minimally invasive procedures involving  many parts of the body using imaging guidance such as x-ray, CT and ultrasound. Interventional radiology procedures have been described as essentially surgery without a scalpel.

Interventional radiologists provide quality care with the least invasive procedures to allow patients a quick recovery. These minimally invasive procedures carry lower risks than surgery, have numerous benefits for patients and have been fine-tuned to be as safe as possible.

 

Conditions Treated

By using long, thin tubes called catheters inserted through small incisions and guided through the body with advanced imaging technology, interventional radiologists are able to deliver treatment without open surgery. Conditions treated include:

•          Stroke

•          Brain aneurysm

•          Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)

•          Varicose veins

•          Venous ulcers and leg varices

•          Spinal fractures and kyphosis

•          Abdominal aortic aneurysm

•          Uterine fibroids

•          Bone, breast, kidney, liver and lung cancer

•          Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

•          Chronic Pelvic Pain ( Pelvic Congestion Syndrome)

 

Procedures

•          Balloon angioplasty

•          Embolization

•          Thrombolysis

•          Central venous access catheter (CVAC)

•          Endovenous laser treatment

•          Vertebroplasty

•          Kyphoplasty

•          Chemoembolization

•          Biliary drainage and stenting

•          Gastrostomy

•          Hemodialysis access maintenance

•          Radiofrequency vertebral augmentation and tumor ablation

•          TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt)

•          Fallopian tube catheterization

•          Uterine fibroid embolization

•          Varicocele embolization

•          Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement and retrieval

 

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