Benefits and Risks of Interventional Radiology

From diagnosis to treatment, interventional radiology offers significant benefits with minimal risks, compared to traditional surgery.

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Benefits of Interventional Radiology

Thanks to clinical and technological advances, interventional radiology provides exceptional benefits to patients who need diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury of all kinds. First, interventional radiology may be used to determine if a patient needs surgery while eliminating the need for exploratory surgery.

Additionally, interventional radiologists use the least invasive techniques possible, making only small incisions when necessary. This often results in safer and more effective outcomes than traditional surgery. And, because it is minimally invasive, patients typically experience less pain and fewer risks with a faster recovery.

  • Less Pain
    With only tiny incisions, interventional radiology allows patients to receive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with far less pain than traditional surgery. This also means you won’t need stitches or large bandages as you heal.
  • Minimized Risk
    Interventional radiology procedures require only small incisions, reducing the risk of infection or other complications. And, unlike traditional surgery, most procedures do not require the patient to undergo general anesthesia. Rather, patients benefit from local anesthetics and sedation that blocks pain and makes them comfortable during their short procedure.In addition, interventional radiologists are able to guide precise treatment directly to diseased organs, arteries, and veins, reducing the risk of damage to surrounding healthy body parts.
  • Faster Recovery
    Compared to traditional surgery, patients who undergo interventional radiology experience a shorter recovery time, since most procedures require only a single, tiny incision. In fact, most interventional radiology procedures are completed in the outpatient setting, allowing our patients to return home the same day they receive treatment.

Risks of Interventional Radiology

While there is always a risk when you undergo any medical procedures, interventional radiology procedures are relatively safe with a low risk of complication. And, interventional radiology procedures generally carry significantly lower risks than surgical procedures, while accomplishing similar goals.

Small risks may include bleeding or infection. However, our interventional radiologists use the latest technology and advanced imaging to reduce these risks as much as possible. Other risks may vary according to your specific interventional radiology procedure. Your interventional radiologist will answer any questions or concerns you have during your first consultation.

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