Minimally Invasive Surgeries in LA County
One of the largest endeavors taken on by medical researchers is coming
up with alternatives to open surgery. Though often effective, open surgery
puts significant strain on a patient's body and exposes them risk
of infection. Applying treatments directly to internal structures is a
necessity for many conditions, so a number of minimally invasive procedures
have been developed to make the experience easier and more accessible
to the public.
A minimally invasive procedure is where a surgeon makes small incisions
through which they insert instruments to operate on the body's internal
structures. These surgeries are much easier on the body and reduce risk
of infection. In order to get a visual on the area that is being operated
on, many procedures make use of interventional radiology.
What is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology (IR) is the use of
imaging technique s to pinpoint abnormalities so that doctors can apply direct treatments.
There are numerous imaging techniques that create live video feeds of
the body, including laparoscopy and ultrasounds. Using these videos to
guide them, doctors insert instruments into the body and remove tissues,
repair damage, or whatever other treatment the condition requires.
Interventional radiology is often used for:
- Kidney stones treatment
- Tumor removal
- Heart disease treatment
- Angioplasty, and other narrowed artery treatments
- Tissue extraction (Biopsies)
If you have had a minimally invasive operation before, it is likely your
doctor used interventional radiology to perform the procedure.
Methodist Hospital Uses Advanced, Reliable Technology
At Methodist Hospital of Southern California, we have several state-of-the-art
imaging devices that can be used for minimally invasive procedures. We
always strive to give our patients high quality care, which includes effective
treatment and maximizing comfort. Feel free to discuss the possibility
of a minimally invasive procedure with our staff if you or a loved one
have surgery coming up.
To find a specialist near you, please call our physician referral line