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Interventional Radiology

Offering Minimally Invasive Alternatives to Open Surgery

When it comes to surgery, it’s natural to want the least invasive procedure that gets the job done while enabling you to recover as quickly as possible. Interventional radiology (IR) is a branch of radiology that uses imaging techniques such as X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound to do exactly that. Using these imaging tools, interventional radiologists lead needles and thin tubes called catheters throughout the body to treat a wide range of conditions through minimally invasive procedures. 

Many health problems that once needed surgery can now be treated without surgery by interventional radiologists. By reducing physical trauma to the patient, IR can reduce the chances of infection while shortening one’s recovery time. Other benefits include less pain, shorter hospital stays, and minimal to no scarring. Also, in the majority of cases, general anesthesia is not required.  

IR procedures are available to provide minimally invasive treatments throughout the body, including:

  • Abdomen (intestines, kidneys, liver, stomach)
  • Chest (lungs, respiratory system)
  • Genitourinary (uterus, kidneys)
  • Vascular (arteries, veins, hemodialysis access)
  • Musculoskeletal (bones, joints, spine)

Orlando Health is pleased to offer a wide range of IR procedures performed by our highly trained and experienced interventional radiologists. These include:

  • Biopsies
  • Abscess drainage
  • Biliary blockage drainage and stenting
  • Deep vein thrombosis treatment
  • Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement and retrieval
  • Dialysis interventions including hemodialysis catheter insertion and management
  • Kidney tumor ablation
  • Liver-directed cancer therapy including chemoembolization (TACE), radioembolization with Y-90 particles
  • General interventional procedures
  • Feeding tube placement
  • Central venous access such as chest and arm ports
  • Pelvic vein embolization (ovarian vein and varicocele)
  • Kyphoplasty and  vertebroplasty to treat spinal fractures
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portal shunt (TIPS) and BRTO to treat portal hypertension, often caused by cirrhosis of the liver
  • Chronic fluid management with PleurX catheters and Denver shunts
  • Nephrostomy and renal stent insertion
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Prostate embolization for enlarged prostate

If you have any questions concerning procedures offered by our interventional radiologists, please contact us at 321.841.8104