HOW IR CAN HELP you LiVE youR BEST LIFE
Interventional radiologists are specialized physicians who use minimally invasive procedures and image-guided techniques to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions, including; Vascular Conditions, Cancer, Liver and Kidney Disease, and Men’s and Women’s Health.
Procedures Performed by IR
Making an informed decision about medical treatments is of paramount importance. On these pages below you will find detailed information about procedures performed by Interventional Radiologists, which are designed to give you a more detailed explanation about the procedure and to determine if it aligns with your healthcare needs. You’ll find specific insights into the procedure’s purpose, benefits, risks, recovery and potential outcomes.
Each page also contains the same information in a downloadable format, so that you can take this information with you to discuss with other medical practitioners, family or return to at a later date.
Understanding what a procedure entails is essential for alleviating any anxiety or uncertainty that you may have. If you still have questions after reading the information on these pages about the suitability for your situation, we encourage you to discuss your specific conditions further with your doctor or medical specialist or find an Interventional Radiologist near you using the Find A Doctor feature on this website.
BILIARY DRAINAGE AND STENTING
Biliary drainage is the insertion of a tube into the bile duct. This is mainly carried out when the bile ducts are blocked.
Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) is an advancement in the field of vascular surgery, offering a minimally invasive solution to manage aortic aneurysms.
GENICULAR ARTERY EMBOLISATION
A modern knee pain treatment solution for individuals dealing with persistent and stubborn knee pain due to arthritis.
LOWER LIMB ANGIOPLASTY
Angioplasty is a procedure to open narrowed or blocked blood arteries that supply blood to your legs. A stent is a small, metal mesh tube that keeps the artery permanently open.
A nephrostomy is a procedure to drain urine from your kidney using a catheter (tube).
Ovarian vein embolisation is a minimally invasive treatment that is used to close off faulty veins so they can no longer enlarge with blood, thus relieving the pain caused by congestion.
Prostate artery embolisation is a minimally invasive procedure performed by interventional radiologists to treat an enlarged prostate.
Percutaneous means “through the skin”. A biopsy is a method of using a special needle to take a small piece of tissue from inside the body for analysis in the laboratory, normally to diagnose or exclude cancer.
A PICC is a long soft flexible tube (catheter) that is usually inserted into one of the veins in the upper arm. The tube is then advanced into a large vein next to the right side of the heart.
A port is a small medical implant that is inserted beneath your skin. It consists of a reservoir compartment (the port) with a silicone diaphragm that provides a watertight seal around the area where a needle is inserted.
SIRT is a minimally invasive treatment for tumours arising in the liver or that have spread to the liver, from other places in the body, such as the bowel or breast.
Transarterial Chemoembolisation is a form of chemotherapy delivered through the arteries that allows treatment to be targeted to liver tumours and minimises the amount of chemotherapy the rest of the body is subject to.
TIPS is a procedure that lowers pressure in the portal vein. That’s the vein that moves blood to your liver.
Tumour ablation is the process whereby a needle is placed directly into a tumour and a treatment is delivered aiming to kill the tumour in place.
Uterine Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths in the uterus which may lead to various symptoms including heavy and painful periods, going to the toilet frequently, pelvic pressure.
Varicocele embolisation is an image-guided procedure that uses a catheter (thin, plastic tube) to place tiny coils and/or a liquid substance into a malfunctioning vein in your scrotum to divert blood flow away from a varicocele.
Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, performed by an interventional radiologist, that can reduce severe spinal pain caused by new osteoporotic vertebral fractures.