What is Interventional Radiology?

When it comes to cardiovascular disease, the earlier the treatment the greater the long term results.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death and disability in Australia.
Interventional radiologist Dr John Vrazas says cardiovascular disease can be now be treated earlier than ever using minimally invasive, image guided techniques. Interventional radiology uses a combination of ultrasound, Xray and CT scanning to diagnose vascular disorders and treats them by deploying wires, tubes, balloons, and stents through blood vessels without the need for a patient to undergo open heart surgery.

“We are able to use the least invasive treatment techniques possible to minimise the risk to the patient and improve overall health outcomes”, says Dr Vrazas.

“The less invasive surgery results in a much reduced recovery time and allows patients to return home with less pain management required.

Interventional radiology can be used for a variety of patients. Not just those with cardiac disease. In the past, patients may have been told the only option treating uterine fibroids would be a hysterectomy, with interventional radiology doctors can block blood flow to a fibroid, shrinking it and avoiding the need for women to undergo such a major surgery.

Interventional radiology is used for a variety of conditions including:

  • Angioplasty
  • Stenting
  • Identifying and treating blocked arteries in diabetic patients
  • Varicose vein treatment
  • Uterine fibroids

Using interventional radiology makes some procedures now be a ‘walk-in/walk-out scenario, rather than an overnight hospital stay and the level of discomfort for patients is much lower.

Dr John Vrazas

Dr John Vrazas Portrait

Dr Vrazas is a vascular physician, endovascular and interventional specialist, he trained in interventional radiology and cardiovascular diseases in Australia, the USA and Europe. Dr Vrazas is located on level 1 of St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy. Speak to your doctor for more information and a referral.