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about interventional radiology


What is interventional radiology?

You and your doctor may want to minimize the risk and recovery of time of surgery. Through interventional radiology, physicians can look inside the body and target treatment through tiny incisions. This technique is being used for more and more medical conditions to provide a less invasive alternative to surgery.

Lutheran General Hospital offers patients many options for treatment through interventional radiology. These procedures are often the first-line care for many conditions. Compared to traditional, open surgery, patients may experience less risk of complications and a smoother healing process.

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When is interventional radiology an option?

Interventional radiologists at Lutheran General Hospital treat many patients who may have once required surgery. Biopsies, uterine fibroids, and vascular diseases are some of the common cases we address. Interventional oncology is also growing specialty area of interventional radiology. Physicians are able to target cancer therapies directly into the tumor with fewer side effects.

Interventional radiology is also used for diagnostic purposes as well as other procedures:

Remember that patients always have a right to a second opinion and to understand all of their treatment options before consenting to a procedure or surgery.

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Who performs the procedures?

At Lutheran General Hospital, interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians with advanced training in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. These physicians rely on the latest imaging technologies to guide their instruments in procedures, as well as their own broad diagnostic and clinical experience.

Board certification is administered by the American College of Radiology in both diagnostic radiology and vascular/interventional radiology. Physicians are skilled in the diagnosis of abnormalities of the arteries, veins, and lymphatic system as well as imaging-directed interventional procedures.

Interventional Radiologists at Lutheran General Hospital
Richard H. Jenkins, M.D.
Richard Messersmith, M.D., FACR
Hong Park, M.D.

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How procedures are performed?

Unlike traditional surgery, minimally invasive procedures use imaging guidance for the precise insertion of a needle into the patient. Treatment is delivered where it is needed, reducing trauma to the body and speeding recovery.

This technique may used for a biopsy, drug injection, to burn or freeze tumors, or for many other procedures. Sometimes a catheter or small tube is inserted, which can then be used to drain fluid or to place a balloon catheter to open blocked arteries-a common procedure known as angioplasty. 

Interventional radiologists have advanced many minimally invasive procedures. Some examples include angioplasty to treat heart disease, and uterine fibroid embolization to eliminate fibroids without surgery, and the catheter-delivered stent to treat peripheral arterial disease.

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Which conditions may be treated nonsurgically?

Lutheran General Hospital offers expertise in performing a range of procedures to diagnose and treat disorders through interventional radiology. These interventions may help patients avoid surgery.

Some of the more commonly performed procedures in interventional radiology include:

After a consultation with an interventional radiologist, patients receive pre-operative through follow-up care. Many procedures allow patients to return home the same day or within 24 hours.

Click here for a full listing of conditions treated with interventional radiology.

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