From treatment for varicose veins to high-tech cancer treatment to
spinal care, interventional radiology at Riddle Hospital offers speedier
recoveries and smaller incisions than traditional surgery with the same
Interventional radiology combines the technology of powerful imaging
equipment with the skill of specially trained physicians who guide
narrow tubes and other very small instruments through blood vessels and
other pathways to the precise location of a problem. These procedures
require only a small incision, which benefits patients by causing less
pain, less risk and less surgical scarring, resulting in a shorter
recovery period than with traditional surgery. Most procedures are
performed on an outpatient basis.
Interventional radiology at Riddle Hospital offers advanced treatment
options for a variety of conditions. If you have any questions regarding
these services, please contact us.
Using a laser or radiofrequency, our interventional radiologists close
the diseased vein, the twisted and varicosed branch veins, which are
near to the skin, shrink and improve in appearance. Once the vein is
closed, other healthy veins take over to carry blood from the leg and
reestablish normal flow. Patients return to their daily activities soon,
with little or no pain, and no scars.
Cancer Treatment through Interventional Oncology
In radiofrequency ablation, a concentrated heat is used to destroy
cancerous tumors after other treatments have failed. Chemoembolization
works when chemotherapy is injected directly into the site of liver
cancer, delivering highly concentrated doses that kill off the cancer
While uterine fibroids do not always cause symptoms, their size and
location can lead to problems for some women, including pelvic pain,
heavy bleeding and, in some cases, infertility. Uterine fibroid
embolization (UFE) blocks the arteries that supply blood to the
fibroids, causing them to shrink. It is a minimally invasive,
nonsurgical procedure, which means it requires only a tiny nick in the
skin and is performed while the patient is conscious but sedated.
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) occurs when cholesterol and scar
tissue build up, forming a substance called plaque inside the arteries,
which become narrowed and clogged. The clogged arteries cause decreased
blood flow to the legs, which can result in pain when walking.
Interventional radiologists at Riddle Hospital can open blocked or
narrowed blood vessels caused by PVD without major surgery.
Compression Fractures of the Spine
For people who have experienced spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis,
there are two effective treatments now available at Riddle
Hospital—vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.
For more information about interventional radiology at Riddle Hospital,
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Media, PA 19063
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