Many of you may not be familiar with Interventional Radiology (IR) or who an Interventional Radiologist is so we would like to take this time to explain more about this amazing specialty that offers alternatives to traditional open surgery.
Interventional Radiologists (IR) are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using medical imaging to guide them. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments and are actually pioneers in minimally invasive procedures. IR’s use X-rays, MRI and other imaging technology to advance a catheter through an artery in the body to treat a disease internally. The main focus of Interventional Radiology is to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques available.
Our highly specialized interventional radiologists at South Florida Vascular Associates, Dr. William Julien and Dr. Curtis Anderson perform endovascular procedures through tiny incisions using thin catheters, wires, balloons and other medical devices in place of scalpels and large incisions used during traditional surgery. Most of the procedures are performed in our out-patient, office-based operating suite with no general anesthesia, no large incisions, shorter recovery time and the patient goes home the same day. Minimally invasive procedures minimize risk to the patient, improve outcomes, and eliminate long hospital stays.
Interventional Radiologists are capable of performing a variety of procedures that treat a wide range of diseases from hypertension or cancer to blood clots, uterine fibroids, varicoceles, peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease, gastrointestinal disease, and venous insufficiency.
Many conditions that once required open surgery can now be treated non-surgically by Interventional Radiologists.
To learn more visit our website at www.southfloridavascular.com.