Minimally invasive image-guided procedures assess disease and deliver targeted treatments
Our experienced team of SLUCare Vascular Interventional Radiologists at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital are board-certified physicians with advanced training in delivering minimally invasive therapies. Guided by imaging tools such as fluoroscopy, computed tomography, and ultrasound, serious medical conditions such as vascular malformations, blood clots, and certain cancers can be treated non-surgically by our specialists with less risk, pain, and a faster recover time.
Using state of the art equipment, imaged-guided medicines or stents are introduced precisely to the diseased area, saving the rest of the body of potential side effects.
Patients should know what treatment options are available. Ask your healthcare provider about minimally invasive treatments, it could make all the difference!
How Is Treatment Performed?
Treatment begins with a tiny pin-hole incision in your wrist or groin. This provides the specialist with precise access to reach the area of disease.
For cancer: Injection of chemotherapy drugs or radiotherapy precisely into the tumor, thus avoiding side effects to the rest of the body and surrounding areas. Types of cancer we treat include:
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
ARTERIAL AND VENOUS DISEASES
For blocked arteries, blood clots in the lungs or veins in the leg: Injection of clot busting medications, opening up the narrowing of the vessels using balloons and unique stents - for blood clots in the veins and lungs.
For fibroids: Small spheres are injected into the blood vessels feeding the fibroid, depriving the fibroids of oxygenated blood thus shrinking the fibroids.
For prostate enlargement: Prostate embolization to reduce symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
- For injury after an accident: Placement of metallic coils to intentionally shut down the bleeding artery.
- Neurointerventional: For diseases of brain, head neck and spine - spine ablation, kyphopolasty / vertebroplasty, epidural steroid injections, nerve root steroid injection, facet and SI joint injections
- Trauma: For injury after accident - embolization for splenic, hepatic or pelvic trauma
- Pain palliative procedures: For pain management - Celiac plexus block, Stellate ganglion block
Benefits of minimally-invasive procedures
Having a minimally invasive interventional radiology procedure allows patients to have a lower risk of complications or infections, less pain and less recovery time compared to surgery.
- Shorter recovery time
- Higher levels of safety and efficiency
- Less painful than open surgery
- Small incision that usually requires no stitches and causes less scarring
- Outpatient procedure
Sedation and Anesthesia
Patients are instructed do not eat or drink anything for 8-12 hours before their procedure. Most patients will be in the recovery room for 1-2 hours after their procedure. Mild sedation and a local anesthetic are typically all that are needed to keep patients comfortable, minimizing need for general anesthesia. Some patients may receive medications to relieve pain and anxiety. Patients generally go home the same day and return to normal activities/work within 1-2 days.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with a dedicated nurse navigator call 314-268-5558.
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