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What is Interventional Radiology?

So often, we get asked about our medical specialty: what does it mean to be an interventional radiologist? At the most basic level, it means we provide treat a range of medical conditions, from spider veins to peripheral arterial disease, and more, with minimally invasive techniques.

The doctors at our Houston area vein clinics attended four years of medical school. Next, they completed four-year  diagnostic radiology residencies and Interventional Radiology fellowships.

Our goal as interventional radiologists is to offer less expensive, less invasive alternative to surgery. And our procedures come with shorter recovery periods, less pain and lower risks of complications.

But what does an interventional radiology procedure look like? Let’s take a closer look.

How does an IR procedure work?

During an IR procedure, your interventional radiologist is guided by an image, such as that from an ultrasound. This gives us a live picture of less accessible parts of your body. Making just a small incision, we guide that image to  the remote location in your body using a catheter. And that’s why your treatments don’t require major surgical incisions!

Interventional radiology procedures include:

And so much more!


Interventional Radiology vs. Surgery: What’s the Benefit?

As we mentioned, IR procedures hurt less than surgeries. They are less likely to leave a scar and, thanks to image guidance, are often more precise than surgical procedures.

Many times, they can be performed with no overnight hospital stays. And no hospital stay means less out-of-pocket expenses for most patients!

So, does less pain, less cost, less risk and more accuracy sounds like what you’re looking for in a vein treatment? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Simply schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained Interventional Radiologists to learn if you are a good candidate for our treatment protocols.