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Minimally Invasive Procedures
Endovascular procedures have replaced open surgery as the preferred approach in the treatment of many vascular disorders. An endovascular procedure is considered a minimally invasive procedure.
Instead of dissecting through tissues to reach a diseased vessel, a catheter is inserted into an artery or vein, usually in the groin, and guided by fluoroscopy (X-ray) to reach the diseased portion of the vessel. The physician may inject dye into the vessel or use intravascular ultrasound to perform a more detailed evaluation of the vessel. Any occlusion of the vessel may then be treated with a balloon or stent inserted through the catheter. Plaque may be removed using a laser or a mechanical cutting device using a technique called atherectomy. Thrombus may also be removed mechanically through the catheter (Thrombectomy).
Because the procedure is done under local anesthesia and involves much less trauma to the body, the patient recovers much faster and is often able to return to work in a day or two. The procedure itself typically takes an hour or less and is done on an outpatient basis.
Riverside Vascular is equipped with all the latest technologies for performing endovascular procedures, including:
Our physicians have had many years of experience and have performed thousands of these procedures. In the Endovascular Laboratory, they will provide you with safe, effective treatment in a friendly, convenient environment with techniques that result in the least amount of trauma and recovery time.