What is Interventional Radiology?

At VIRA, our interventional radiologists perform very precise noninvasive procedures, using image guidance to navigate to health issues inside the body without surgery. Interventional Radiology (IR) nonsurgical treatments provide effective, long lasting relief from
  • Back Pain such as spinal compression fractures 
  • Leg Pain from varicose veins and venous reflux disease
  • Headaches from migranies, sinus, cluster headaches and facial pain.
  • Uterine Fibroids- Uterine Fibroid Embolization 
  • Many other health conditions. 

That may be the reason there’s an “IR” in MIRACLE!

Most VIRA interventional (IR) procedures require only a knick in the skin so the risk of infection and the recovery time are both minimized. In fact most VIRA patients go home the same day. 
  • In Interventional Radiology specially trained physicians introduce instruments such as catheters (long, thin tubes equipped with micro-tools) or needles into the body through tiny incisions in the skin. 
  • Using imaging techniques such as X-ray, ultrasound, CT, or MRI, they guide the instruments to organ systems throughout the body, and can deliver treatment directly.
  • Compared to open surgery, this minimally invasive form of therapy requires less anesthesia, causes less trauma and pain, and patients have shorter hospital stays and recover more quickly.

When is a Interventional Radiology used?
Interventional Radiology treatments are best used when health issues can be reached and solved through the vascular (vein) system. Our Interventional Radiologists perform thousands of IR procedures each year in both VIRA’s North Macon outpatient angiography suite which has state-of-the-art dedicated scanners and also in Navicent and Coliseum hospitals. VIRA’s interventional radiologist have a depth of experience with a range of procedures including treatment for cancer, fibroids, varicose veins, and kidney disease.
Back Pain: 
  • Vertebral body augmentation—KIVA or Kyphoplasty
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Injections
  • Medical Branch Nerve Root Ablation for Facet Pain
  • Spinal Cord Simulator  (Trial/Insertions) 
Women's Health:
  •  Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
  •  Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Embolization

Varicose Vein Treatment:

Varicose veins develop when the vein walls or valves near the surface of the skin become permanently stretched or weakened because of the pressure of the blood flowing through your veins. Varicose veins often appear to be blue, bulging, and twisted and sometimes raised on the surface of the skin. Spider veins, which resemble a spider or spider web, are a mild variation of varicose veins. Unless treated, varicose veins can progress and worsen. Interventional radiologists use two approaches, endovascular laser venous treatment (EVLT) and sclerotherapy, to improve the circulation of blood through your veins and improve the legs’ appearance.
  • Endovenous Radio-Therapy
  • EVLT (Laser)/Varicose Vein Ablation
  • Sclerotherapy
Migraines, Headache and Facial Pain:
  • Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block

Cancer Treatments: 
  • Chemoembolization
  • Radio Frequency Ablation
  • Needle Biopsy
  • Portacath Insertion
  • OsteoCool
  • Intrathecal Drug Pump for Pain Control    
  • Embolization
  • Tumor Ablation
  • Biopsy

Arterial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Treatment (angioplasty/stent)
  • Renal Arterial Hypertension Treatment (angioplasty/stent)
  • Arterial Venous Malformation (AVM) Treatment (Embolization)

Venous Disease
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) treatment
  • IVC Filter Placement and Retrieval
  • Varicocele Embolization
  • Venous Access Procedures (chemoports, piccs)
  • Liver Diagnosis and Treatment (TIPS, Liver Biopsy, Biliary Drainage and Stent Placement, Tumor Radiofrequency Ablation).
  • Abdominal Drainage (Abscess Paracentesis, Denver Shunt Insertion, Pleurx Tunneled Drainage Catheter Insertion).
  • GU Interventions (Nephrostomy and Ureteral Stents, Tumor Radiofrequency Ablation).
  • Thoracic Intervention (Pneumothorax Treatment, Effusion Drainage, Pleurx Tunneled Drainage Catheter Insertion).
  • Management of GI Bleeding (Embolization).
  • Insertion and Removable of IVC Filters.

Make sure you are prepared.

For instructions on your exam please contact one of our VIRA staff members at 478-757-8868
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