The principles of minimally invasive medicine, which provide a high degree of comfort to patients, are reflected in techniques known as interventional procedures provided by a Fort Collins vascular doctor. They have become an alternative to classical, invasive interventions with a certain degree of risk to the patient.
Considered a super-specialty with surgical specificity, derived from radiology, this medical branch offers support to patients who have acute or chronic conditions. Interventional radiology focuses on minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment in the case of vascular and non-vascular diseases identified in other medical spheres such as: neurology; gynecology; urology and oncology.
An interventional radiologist could impact your vascular health through diagnosis and specific treatment.
Interventional diagnostic radiology comprises procedures that highlight vascular diseases (stenosis, occlusion, arteriovenous malformations, aneurysms). Diagnostic angiographies can be acute (performed urgently: cerebral/digestive bleeding, polytrauma with vascular ruptures, embolisms/acute thrombosis) or chronic (arterial stenosis/occlusion, arteriovenous malformations, benign/malignant tumors).
Interventional radiology with therapeutic purpose includes procedures of percutaneous peripheral angioplasty – for dilations of arterial stenosis (in obliterating arteriopathy) or arterial embolization procedures that are successfully used in the treatment of malignant tumors (e.g., liver cancer or liver metastases).
Embolization can be performed urgently (digestive bleeding, ruptured aneurysms, posttraumatic hemorrhages), in chronic patients (hyper-vascular tumors – uterine fibroids, arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas, aneurysms) or preoperatively to reduce intraoperative bleeding in the case of hyper-vascularized tumors to be surgically removed.