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.
Nonsurgical treatment by an Interventional Radiologist means:
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.
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).
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.
Interventional Radiology treats these and other conditions:
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.
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.