What should patients know about the specialty of Interventional Radiology and the unique ability for Interventional Radiologists to reach small vessels without surgery? [Dr. Rundback]

Q: What should patients know about the specialty of Interventional Radiology and the unique ability for Interventional Radiologists to reach small vessels without surgery?

A: I am a Vascular and Interventional Radiologist with 28 years of experience.  All of our physicians have tremendous experience in treating patients with complex patterns of Peripheral Arterial Disease. Interestingly, the treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease originated with Vascular and Interventional Radiologists who developed the technique of angioplasty. This balloon procedure, that many people are familiar with, has since been performed most commonly in the heart, predominantly by Cardiologists. There are many specialists who treat diseases and arterial blockages in the leg, including vascular and interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons, and cardiologists. Vascular and Interventional Radiologists have a long history of doing this and have unique expertise in guiding the very small catheters and tools necessary to provide the best results across, complex pattern disease, and difficult areas of blockage in very diseased blood vessels.  In summary, Vascular and Interventional Radiologists have the unique skill set to control the very small instruments that are necessary to provide the best success in treating patients with complex patterns of vascular obstruction.

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