Diagnose and Treat PAD
We treat and diagnose PAD with Interventional Radiology.
What is Interventional Radiology: How Endovascular Procedures Differ from Open Vascular Surgeries
IR uses minimally invasive, image guided procedures to treat vascular disease. These treatments pose minimal risk to patients, reduce recovery time and lower costs versus Open Vascular Surgery. Interventional Radiologists are medical doctors with 6 or 7 years of additional training following medical school. Interventional Radiologists are certified in both Diagnostic Radiology and Endovascular Procedures (treatments).
Endovascular Procedures differ from Open Vascular Surgeries
Endovascular Procedures differ from Open Vascular Surgeries in the following ways:
- Endovascular Procedures are conducted in dedicated out-patient clinics rather than in a hospital setting.
- Interventional Radiologists specialize in minimally-invasive procedures while Vascular Surgeons perform open procedures as well.
- Endovascular Procedures tend to be shorter and have reduced recovery time, usually discharging the patient on the same day.
- Patients are under moderate sedation during an Endovascular Procedure while Open Vascular Surgeries usually require general anesthesia.
- Endovascular Procedures are less expensive than Open Vascular Surgery.
- Vascular Surgeons are trained to treat a variety of vascular conditions which may include offering Endovascular Procedures. Conversely, some Interventional Radiologists, including those at Modern Vascular, choose to develop specialized skills in a specific IR treatment.
Long-term Patient Relationships
Both Interventional Radiologists and Vascular Surgeons have long-term patient relationships and will continue to see patients for follow-up care after treatment. Modern Vascular patients are asked to visit their IR physician for follow up care 2-4 times per year post procedure.