Interventional radiology is a mode of treatment that was founded by American radiologist Charles Dotter over 50 years ago, as he devised angioplasty to correct blockage within blood vessels without the need for large incisions or surgery. Today, among the many advances in medicine, interventional radiology stands out and is recognized as the “surgery of the 21st century”.
Located in McHenry, Illinois, Northwest Interventional Specialists aims to provide you with the most advanced means of treatment to help improve your quality of living. Our specialists pair exceptional expertise with attentiveness and comfortability, as we try to make your treatment experience as fulfilling as possible. Contact us today and schedule your consultation appointment to learn more about interventional radiology.
What does interventional radiology consist of?
Our interventional radiology specialists utilize their special training in medical imaging to carefully guide cutting-edge instruments through very small incisions in the body to help:
- Diagnose a condition
- Locate a problematic concern
- Determine an optimal course of action for treatment
What advantages does interventional radiology have over surgery?
Interventional radiologists dawned the future of minimally invasive treatment, revolutionizing the way we can help improve your quality of life. Interventional radiology has several benefits in comparison to surgical approaches including:
- Less discomfort and pain during treatment
- Fewer risks and complications
- Shorter downtime and recovery periods following treatment
- Very little to no loss of blood
How are our interventional radiologists different from surgeons?
In order to operate, a surgeon creates a moderate to large incision in order to locate, identify, and correct a medical concern. Following the surgical procedure, stitches are applied to seal the incision.
Our interventional radiologists are able to create visualization of problematic regions beneath the skin through advanced imaging technologies such as ultrasound, x-ray, and MRI. Tiny tubes or needles are painlessly passed into the afflicted area without the need for large incisions or stitching. In addition, general anesthesia is hardly needed during interventional radiology, unlike their surgical counterparts. In some scenarios, a mild IV sedation may be necessary.
What can interventional radiology help treat?
Interventional radiology can treat a wide variety of health concerns through non-surgical techniques including:
- Obstructed arteries in the legs, kidneys, and elsewhere
- Aortic aneurysms
- Uterine fibroid tumors
- Spinal fractures
- Cancer in the lungs, liver, and kidney
- Liver or kidney failure
- Varicose vein disease
- And much more
Our interventional radiology specialists are determined to help you achieve an improved quality of life while providing you with a more comfortable treatment experience. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more about interventional radiology and how it may be your key to a happier, healthier life.