Dr. Samuel Putnam of Modern Vascular Denver was on the FOX31 Denver program “Colorado Health Matters”. He discussed interventional radiology and the types of procedures performed at Modern Vascular of Denver. Modern Vascular of Denver, Colorado has helped many patients treat their Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) using innovative, minimally-invasive outpatient procedures.
Colorado Health Matters spoke to Dr. Putnam, interventional radiologist and managing physician at Modern Vascular to learn what an interventional radiologist is and how they use the latest techniques to treat their patients. An interventional radiologist is a doctor that has an additional 6 – 7 years of training after medical school. During those years they learn minimally-invasive ways to treat conditions using radiology. They use image-guided technology to treat a variety of vascular conditions using microscopic surgical wires and catheters. Interventional radiologists have highly innovative equipment and use it to replace traditional surgical procedures that would be performed in a hospital setting with a longer recovery time and, potentially, higher complication rates.
What Conditions do Interventional Radiologists Treat?
At Modern Vascular, a majority of patients that come in have Peripheral Artery Disease. PAD refers to a buildup of fatty materials in the arteries, resulting in decreased blood flow to the lower extremities. This causes poor circulation to the feet and toes. It is most common among diabetics and smokers but can develop in older patients over time. To treat PAD, a pinhole incision is made in the groin, where microscopic wires are inserted into the arteries to clean out plaque buildup and restore circulation. The average procedure takes about 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours. The patient is able to go home the same day and is usually able to return to regular activities within 24 hours.
Treatments at Modern Vascular Help Patients Avoid Amputations
Blood flow is really important to a patient’s overall health and can help heal foot wounds and reduce foot pain, especially leg pain that is worse during exercise or while lying down. In extreme cases, patients may eventually need an amputation if their condition isn’t treated. 90% of PAD-related amputations are preventable.
Other conditions treated at Modern Vascular of Denver
The same technology is being used to treat patients with the following conditions:
- Knee pain from osteoarthritis
- Uterine fibroid pain and bleeding
Interventional endovascular embolization can help patients with either of these conditions. In fact, patients can avoid more invasive surgeries, like knee replacements and hysterectomies, and experience meaningful and lasting relief within days. Patients usually are able to go home on the same day.