Our interventional radiology services are conducted by board-certified physicians using state-of-the-art technology. With few or no incisions, interventional radiology provides less pain during treatment and faster recovery after.
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Less Pain and Faster Recovery with Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiology at Franciscan Health is staffed by board-certified physicians who use advanced technology to perform a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Many of these procedures are minimally invasive. Interventional radiologists use X-rays and MRIs to guide them when advancing catheters, wires, and other small instruments through the body, usually in an artery, to the source of the disease non-surgically. With few or no incisions, interventional radiology allows for less pain and a quicker recovery time for patients.
Benefits of interventional radiology
Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least-invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties.
- Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay.
- General anesthesia usually is not required.
- Risk, pain and recovery time are often significantly reduced.
- The procedures are sometimes less expensive than surgery or other alternatives.
Offering a full scope of interventional radiology
Today many conditions that once required surgery can be treated non-surgically by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery.
Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure to fix vertebrae damage. A balloon-like instrument and special cement are used to fill and restore height to the damaged bone. Often improved posture and pain reduction are benefits of this procedure.
Antegrade stent placement is where a long plastic tube is inserted through the skin into the kidneys and down the ureter. The stent then allows urine to drain from the kidney to the bladder.
Coil embolization of varicoceles is a procedure where a catheter is used to place a tiny coil in a blood vessel to divert blood away from a varicocele. A varicocele is an enlarged vein in a man's scrotum that may cause pain or swelling.
Cryoplasty thrombolysis uses pressure, cold and pharmacological means to open blocked or narrowed arteries. This is often called clot busting.
Neuroangiography is a safe and effective method to evaluate blood circulation in the head and the neck.
Percutaneous Transhepatic Cholangiogram
Not a surgery, TIPS is a procedure using a catheter to create new connections between two blood vessels in your liver. It helps blood to flow better and eases pressure on the veins in the stomach, esophagus, intestines and liver.
Thoracentesis is a procedure to remove fluid from the space between the lining of the outside of the lungs (pleura) and the wall of the chest. Once the fluid is removed, you'll likely be able to breathe easier and will feel better.
This minimally invasive surgery technique shrinks uterine fibroids by cutting off their blood supply. This procedure is performed by an interventional radiologist who works in consultation with a gynecologist.
Vertebroplasty is a surgical procedure that uses a special surgical cement mixture that is injected into a fractured vertebra. The goal is to stabilize the vertebra and allow patients to return to normal, functional activity.
During a video EEG, an electroencephalogram test is performed while you're being videotaped and/or monitored on a screen. These technologies enable doctors to study brainwave activity at the exact moment a seizure, spell or other problem occurs.
Angioplasty is a procedure used to treat and open constricted pathways or blocked blood vessels to the heart. Blockage in many cases occurs after a heart attack and can cause chest pain.
Radiofrequency (RF) rhizotomy, or RF neurotomy, is a procedure to decrease or eliminate back or neck pain. Physicians at Franciscan Health offer RF rhizotomy to patients with chronic pain that has not been relieved by other methods.
Additional Services Offered
- Balloon angioplasty and covered and non-covered stent placement
- Mesenteric and renal angioplasty and stenting
- Retrieval of intravascular foreign body
- Chest and arm port insertion
- Non-tunneled and tunneled central venous catheter placement
- Preoperative embolization of renal tumors
- Pleurex catheter placement
- Cryoablation of tumors
- Bone biopsy