“Interventional radiology (IR) is one of the biggest advances in medical practice, offering treatments with less risk and less pain than open surgery”
Through a tiny incision in your skin, interventional radiologists deliver precise, targeted treatment to complex and sometimes life-threatening diseases and conditions. IR treatments are a well-accepted choice for conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, uterine fibroids, varicose veins and many other common and serious medical issues. IR is particularly relevant for patients who are in frail health or who have already undergone numerous surgeries.
- Early recovery
- Less hospital stat
- Less complications
- Cost effective
- Accurate delivery of treatment with the use of image guidance
- Sutureless surgery
Modern medicine at its finest
Today, interventional radiology is synonymous with modern medicine.
Interventional radiologists are on the front lines of clinical advances and use of the latest image-guided technologies. They are board-certified physicians who are trained in both radiology and minimally invasive therapies.
Interventional radiologists work across the body to deliver minimally invasive treatments for a variety of conditions.
IR was founded in the early 1960s by Charles Dotter, MD, who invented angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used to treat peripheral arterial disease.
The range of conditions which can be treated by IR is enormous and continually expanding. You may have heard of some of the following: It is important to recognise that the interventional treatment is usually one of several treatment options available ranging from nothing, through drug treatment and up to surgery. Each case should be considered on its own merits.
Well recognised advantages of these minimally invasive techniques include reduced risks, shorter hospital stays, lower costs, greater comfort, quicker convalesence and return to work. The effectiveness of treatment is often be better than with traditional treatments. It should be noted that humans are not the only species to benefit from IR. Veterinary surgeons are also turning to interventional techniques so you may find both you and your animals offered similar treatments!