Demystifying Interventional Radiology

October 16th, 2015

Interventional Radiologists at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and Herrin Hospital provide a number of minimally invasive procedures that, over time, have replaced many open procedures. These minimally invasive procedures provide you with surgical solutions that offer less pain, fewer risks and reduced recovery time.

Interventional Radiologists are physicians that use their expertise in diagnostic imaging—such as reading x-rays, ultrasound and other medical images—to accurately guide their medical instruments through tight spaces throughout the body in order to treat a variety of health problems.

An example of one such minimally invasive procedure performed by interventional radiologists is renal cryoablation. If diagnosed with a kidney tumor, our IR physicians would use their skills to guide their instruments to the exact location of the tumor to simply freeze and destroy the tumor tissue. Typically patients have a shorter recovery time and a quicker return to normal activity than with traditional kidney tumor-removal surgery.

An interventional radiologist performed a renal cryoablation procedure on patient Robert Bordenave. Robert underwent his minimally invasive cryoablation procedure at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and was home by that evening. He was able to get back to his normal routine in just a few days.

“It was a quick outpatient procedure and the biopsy I had of the tumor came back as benign—and that was a big relief.” expressed Robert. “I was very impressed by the interventional radiologist before and after the surgery. Everyone who was on the team was very helpful.”

About his procedure, Robert added, “I would definitely choose this option again. I really think it’s a great procedure and I think others should be aware of this option.”

Interventional radiologists offer a number of other procedures including:

  • Angioplasty
  • Chemoembolization
  • Embolization
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Needle Biopsy
  • Port Placement
  • Stents
  • Tumor Ablation Therapies
  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization
  • Varicose Vein Treatment
  • Venous Access (Port, Hickman, PICC)

To learn more about our Interventional Radiology team and the conditions that they treat, visit Interventional Radiology or talk with your physician about a referral.