What is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional Radiology is one of the fastest growing specialty areas in medicine. Rather than having to undergo surgery to treat disease, radiologists use minimally invasive image guided procedures or “interventions” to treat various diseases at their source. Many of the procedures can be done on an outpatient basis right in our office. For most other procedures, you can schedule a consultation at our clinic with one of our interventional radiologists.
Who Are Interventional Radiologists?
Interventional Radiologists are physicians who use their expertise in reading diagnostic X-ray’s, ultrasound, MRI, CT scans, and fluoroscopy to guide their work. They use tiny instruments, like needles or catheters, to enter the body and treat disease or injury without invasive surgery. Our interventional radiologists are board-certified specialists in clinical Interventional Radiology and are specially trained in minimally invasive interventions using image guidance. They will work closely with your doctor(s) to ensure you receive the best care possible.
The following interventional procedures are performed by our physicians:
Varicose Veins / Venous Insufficiency
- Total Vein Care including:
- Varicose Vein Ablation
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy
- Epidural Steroid Injection
- Facet Joint Injection
- Medial Branch Block
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
- Selective Nerve Blocks
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization
- Ovarian Vein Embolization
- Testicular Vein Embolization
Total Vein Care
We are pleased to offer the Venefit Procedure, based on radiofrequency ablation of pathologic veins, as a comprehensive, clinically-proven and patient-friendly solution for the treatment of varicose veins and the underlying symptoms of venous insufficiency. The procedure results in significantly less pain and bruising with fewer adverse events than laser treatment and is covered by most health insurance companies once a diagnosis of venous insufficiency has been made. Our Total Vein Care approach will include additional services such as ambulatory phlebectomy and sclerotherapy when appropriate.
About Venous Insufficiency
Over 25 million people in the United States suffer from chronic venous insufficiency, the underlying cause of varicose veins. Varicose veins are often mistakenly thought to be only a cosmetic condition, but they are usually a symptom of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) which is a progressive condition that damages the valves of the saphenous vein. Common symptoms of venous insufficiency include:
- Varicose Veins
- Burning or itching of the skin
- Color and texture changes of the skin
- Aching, tired or weak legs, especially after long periods of standing or sitting
- Swollen legs and/or ankles (edema)
- Poorly-healing wounds, such as skin ulcers commonly above the medial malleolus
Vein Anatomy & Physiology
Your legs are made up of a network of veins. Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased. This can cause blood to pool in your legs and lead to symptoms such as pain, swelling, swollen limbs, leg heaviness and fatigue, skin changes and skin ulcers, and varicose veins.
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