Minimally Invasive Procedures in LA County at Methodist Hospital
What is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology (IR) is a sub-specialty of radiology that utilizes
minimally-invasive, image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat conditions
in nearly every organ system. An IR procedure is performed with small
instruments that enter the body through a tiny incision. Once in the body,
the doctor guides the instruments using X-rays or ultrasound. When the
procedure is complete, the incision is covered with a small bandage.
IR is used to treat stroke, bleeding in the brain, benign tumors, certain
types of cancer, uterine fibroids, spine fractures, pelvic pain, and many
other conditions. Interventional radiologists are often called upon by
other doctors for help with patients who present challenging conditions.
The benefits to having an IR procedure are significant. IR procedures minimize
risk to the patient, are less invasive, less painful, and safer than surgery.
Patients experience shorter recovery times after an IR procedure than
they normally experience after surgery.
Interventional radiology is often used for:
- Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
- Carotid & Cerebral Angiography
- Facet Joint Injections
- Intracranial Hemorrhage (coiling)
- Pain Management
- Stroke (mechanical thrombectomy)
- Tumor Embolization
- Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE)
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
At Methodist Hospital, our Medical Director of Neuro-Interventional Radiology
/ Vascular and Interventional Radiology is K.C. Tan, MD, who is fellowship-trained
in both neurointerventional radiology and vascular interventional radiology.
Dr. Tan leads our team to provide state-of-the-art care for stroke patients
and for other patients who may benefit from endovascular treatments.
To learn more about endovascular and other minimally invasive procedures,
please call 626-898-8547.