Vascular Interventional Radiology
Vascular Interventional Radiology (VIR) provides patients a wide range of minimally-invasive procedures using x-rays, ultrasound and other medical imaging technology in order to minimize risk and provide a more speedy recovery. We offer treatments in an outpatient setting with local anesthetics, moderate sedation as well as more advanced surgical procedures that may require general anesthesia.
At Alice Hyde, Drs. Julio Lemos and Steven Deso diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, many of which once required open surgery but can now be treated non-surgically using Vascular Interventional Radiology’s targeted approach.
Benefits of Vascular Interventional Radiology
Vascular Interventional Radiology offers an alternative to the surgical treatment of many conditions and is generally less disruptive to you as procedures involve small incisions, minimal pain and shorter recovery times. The use of tiny needles, called catheters, can do what a surgeon’s hands might traditionally do – but without a large incision. In some cases, Interventional Radiologists can even perform procedures that aren’t possible with traditional surgery. For example, we can:
- Eliminate tumors without damaging the surrounding tissue
- Open up blocked blood vessels
- Perform biopsies using needles instead of scalpels
There are fewer risks of complications, including infection, since there is no large incision. Recovery times are faster. Many procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, saving you time and the cost of an overnight hospital stay.
Conditions We Treat
Interventional Radiologists are medical doctors and are involved in your treatment, as well as the diagnosis of disease. They treat an ever-widening range of conditions by inserting various small instruments or tools, such as catheters or wires, through the blood vessels or other pathways to treat medical conditions, rather than performing open surgical procedures. These laparoscopic procedures are performed with the use of various X-ray and imaging techniques (for example, fluoroscopy, ultrasonography or computed tomography). Interventional Radiologists work closely with other doctors , including specialists and primary care providers, and play an important role on your care team.
Some of the conditions Vascular Interventional Radiologists treat include:
- Liver cancer
- Infected gallbladder
- Blood clots
- Excess fluid
- Lung cancer
- Intestinal Bleeding
- Uterine Fibroids
- Female infertility
- Bleeding after childbirth
- Pelvic pain
- Enlarged prostate
- Male infertility
- Blocked arteries
- Blood clots
- Varicose veins
- Spinal Compression Fractures
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- Venous Insufficiency