What are the benefits of Interventional radiology?
The benefits of Interventional radiology are: - Less cost than traditional surgery. - Shorter hospital stay - Faster recovery time - Reduced risks and greater comfort
Will my IR procedure be uncomfortable?
It is a minimally invasive procedure in which you will be made as comfortable as possible and your interventional radiologist will make every effort to ensure your comfort and support you during the procedure
What are the interventional radiology procedures?
The interventional radiology procedures are embolization to control bleeding, cancer treatments to shrink tumors in the body, needle biopsies of many organs such as lungs and thyroid glands, feeding tube placement and catheter placement.
Can I eat or drink before the IR procedure?
No, it is recommended to follow your doctors’ instructions before undergoing Interventional radiology procedures. As you will be under anaesthesia (IV sedation / general anesthesia), during which your body reflexes are temporarily stopped. So, if your stomach is filled with food or drink may result in the risk of vomiting which brings food into your throat
How long does an IR procedure take?
In Interventional Radiology the procedure times vary greatly. It takes about five minutes if it is a simple change of the G-tube without any sedation. If it is angiogram with aneurysm coil, the IR procedure usually takes four hours
Is Interventional Radiology safe?
There will be a risk in any medical procedures, but as interventional radiology is a safe and minimally invasive procedure when compared to traditional surgery. It also has a low risk of complication and minor risks are bleeding or infection
Why choose Interventional radiology?
Interventional radiology reduces costs, recovery time, discomfort, and risk for patients who would need conventional open surgery otherwise. Hence, Interventional radiology has become the primary method to treat various medical conditions
What are the common IR procedures?
Some of the common IR procedures are Embolization, Thrombolysis (declotting), Ablation of tumours, Transjugular intrahepatic porto-systemic shunts (TIPS), Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), Trans arterial Radio-embolization (TARE), Bronchial artery embolization, Uterine artery embolization for fibroids, Central venous catheter insertion (Permcath, PICC line, Chemoport etc), Varicose veins, Deep vein thrombosis or Pulmonary embolism, Peripheral arterial disease, Obstructive nephropathy, Portal hypertension, Vascular malformations, Dialysis Catheters and Venography etc.
What is the difference between radiology and Interventional Radiology?
Radiology is a technologically advanced field in which a radiologist will use medical imaging technologies to diagnose disease and injury. Whereas, Interventional radiology is an image-guided surgical procedure in which interventional radiologists employ minimally invasive procedures, diagnostic imaging techniques like CT, ultrasound, MRI and fluoroscopy to view and treat the diseased benign and malignant conditions of the thorax, abdomen, pelves, and extremities
What do Interventional radiologists do?
Interventional radiologists use imaging methods such as X-rays, MRI scans, fluoroscopy, CT scans, and ultrasound. The images are used to direct the catheters and instruments to the exact area of operation of the procedure or treatment. Thus eliminates the need for traditional surgery as treatment