Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology

Consider the least invasive option first.

Just a few years ago there were many illnesses and conditions that could only be treated with invasive open surgery, but recent technological advances have changed all that.

Interventional Radiologists use X-rays and other diagnostic images to guide catheters and tiny instruments through blood vessels or skin to the site of illness.

Less is more.

Nonsurgical treatment by an Interventional Radiologist means:

  • Less pain—Most procedures require only light intravenous sedation.
  • Less time in recovery—Recovery times are measured in days rather than the weeks or months typically required following conventional surgery. Most procedures are done on an outpatient basis.
  • Less scarring—Interventional Radiologists create a nick in the skin the size of a pencil tip for most procedures. There are no stitches, and scarring—if any—is minimal.

Varicose veins, from nuisance to non-issue.

Varicose veins occur when the valves in your leg veins don’t open and close properly. Laser treatment by an Interventional Radiologist takes less than an hour, provides immediate relief and leaves no scars or stitches.

For cancer patients.

Working in concert with the Division of Oncology and Hematology, our Interventional Radiologists noninvasively navigate the human body to find and destroy tumors by directly applying chemotherapeutic drugs (chemoembolization), heat (radiofrequency ablation) or even extreme cold (cryoblation).

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

We take a minimally invasive approach to correcting PAD, which is often caused by hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Limb salvation may be possible in cases of advanced PAD.

Safe, new solutions for old problems.

Interventional Radiology treats these and other conditions:

  • Renal Hypertension—A leading cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
  • Portal Venous Hypertension—Often results from cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Male and Female Infertility—Fallopian tube recanalization for women and treament of varicoceles for men.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)—We treat the problem directly.

Blood thinners alone may not be enough to treat clots that form in the leg veins. Interventional Radiologists apply advanced “clot busting” drugs directly to the affected area, decreasing the chance of chronic leg swelling.

Uterine fibroid relief, minus the surgery.

Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) and other surgeries are not the only way to treat uterine fibroids. For many women, a minimally invasive procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization, or UFE, is the best option.

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