What Is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional Radiology (IR) involves the use of sophisticated imaging platforms to provide highly trained physicians with real-time visualization, taking them directly to the source of the problem, via precise guidance of small needles and wires, to deep structures of the patient’s body through an orifice or tiny incision. The procedure is used to treat blockages inside arteries and veins, to block off blood vessels that nourish tumors and destroy malignant tumors, to drain blocked organ systems such as the liver, gallbladder and kidney, and to perform biopsies that would otherwise require surgical exploration.
Patient benefits can include a more accurate diagnosis, improved treatment outcomes, shorter recovery, less bleeding and pain.
Leading Interventional Radiologist Appointed Director of the Hospital’s IR Program
Folayan Fatade, MD joined LWRMC this summer. He attended medical school at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and is a fellowshiptrained interventional radiologist. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in vascular and interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology.
Interventional Radiology Services at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center*
- Angioplasty and Vascular Stenting - opens blocked arteries and restores blood flow
- Biliary Interventions – relieves pressure caused by bile in the liver
- Gastrostomy and Gastrojejunostomy – allows for nutritional support via placement of a feeding tube
- Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter – stops blood clots from going to the lungs
- Interventional Oncology – deals with tumor ablation, chemotherapy and other cancer diagnoses and treatments
- Musculoskeletal Pain Management – uses techniques to provide relief to cancer patients and those with other conditions
- Pulmonary Angiography – locates blood clots
- Thrombectomy /Thrombolysis – dissolves or removes a blood clot from inside an artery or vein
- Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) for Cirrhosis – reduces internal bleeding in the stomach and esophagus
- Tunneled Catheter – provides greater stability to a catheter used for kidney dialysis and other long-term treatments
- Ureteral Stenting and Nephrostomy – helps restore urine flow to return the kidney to normal function
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization – blocks the blood vessel feeding noncancerous but painful tumors (fibroids) that grow on or within the lining of the uterus
- Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty – treats painful spinal column fractures due to osteoporosis, cancer or other conditions
“Today’s interventional radiology therapies are more precise and more effective than ever, offering patients and their doctors additional options to treat disease and help restore patients to optimal health,” says Dr. Folayan Fatade, Board Certified Interventional Radiologist.
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