Columbia St. Mary’s is now providing the full spectrum of vascular and interventional radiology services at its Ozaukee Campus, 13111 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon. The new Interventional Radiology suite is part of Columbia St. Mary’s plans to provide a full-service cardiovascular care program at the Ozaukee Campus to better serve patients who live in this area.
Interventional radiologists specialize in performing minimally invasive, targeted treatments using imaging guidance such as X-rays, ultrasound, CAT scans, and MRI. They use their expertise in reading these images to guide catheters through blood vessels or other pathways to treat disease percutaneously (through the skin). These procedures can be done in conjunction with or as an alternative to more invasive open surgery.
“In vascular (blood vessel) disease, interventional radiologists focus on opening blocked blood vessels with minimally invasive techniques such as angioplasty (inserting a small balloon into an artery and inflating it to create more room for blood to flow), stenting (placing a steel mesh tube into a blocked artery to open it), and administering clot-dissolving drugs,” said John Tomashek, MD, interventional radiologist at Columbia St. Mary’s.
Other interventional radiology procedures include taking biopsies, placing long-term intravenous (IV) lines, and treating varicose veins and severe blood clots in the legs. Interventional radiologists can also treat uterine fibroids, chronic pelvic pain in women, certain spinal fractures, and some causes of infertility in both men and women.
Procedures performed by interventional radiologists are generally less invasive to the patient, involving smaller incisions, less pain, shorter hospital stays, and less recovery time. Most procedures are done on an outpatient basis.
For more information on interventional radiology services at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Campus, call 262-243-7400.