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What is Interventional Radiology?

The field of interventional radiology focuses on using minimally invasive radiological techniques and procedures to identify and treat many different types of diseases all over the body. Because interventional radiology procedures are so much less invasive than their historic counterparts, patients get the benefits of lower risk, reduced pain levels, and even reduced recovery time. 

Interventional Radiology Procedures

Interventional radiology procedures can be used to diagnose and treat many different conditions, including: 

Uterine Fibroids: While traditional uterine fibroid surgery requires a long recovery and considerable pain, a fibroid embolization treatment — a common interventional radiology procedure today — can resolve the problem much more easily. This minimally invasive procedure goes through the leg, using an ultra-thin catheter to essentially shut off the blood supply that allows the fibroids to grow. After that, they’ll shrink and eventually stop causing symptoms. 

Peripheral Arterial Disease:  Peripheral Arterial Disease causes insufficient blood flow, and it may cause symptoms like slow healing sores or coldness in the feet. This condition can be diagnosed and treated with the help of an interventional radiology procedure in which the damaged or diseased arteries are widened, repaired, or otherwise corrected to restore normal blood flow. 

Infertility: Infertility in both men and women can be diagnosed and treated with the help of interventional radiology procedures. For example, blocked fallopian tubes in women can be unblocked with a recanalization, a simple procedure in which tiny tubes are moved into the fallopian tubes to eliminate the blockage. For men who suffer from infertility due to a varicose vein problem in the testicle and scrotum, the varicocele embolization is a simple non-surgical procedure that can restore fertility and alleviate other symptoms. 

Interventional radiology physicians offer some of the most advanced and effective procedures and treatments being performed in the medical field today. When compared with open surgery, the recovery rate can be days less — maybe even weeks less in some cases. Thanks to the highly sophisticated tools and techniques used by your interventional radiologist, you can expect to get the answers and the treatments that you need much more easily than you might expect.

Georgia Vascular Institute is a referral center that can help with many types of health concerns. We can help with veins, fibroids, infertility, migraines, osteoporosis, cancer treatment, foot and leg ulcers, and many other conditions. Contact us anytime to learn more about how interventional radiology can help you.