- Clínica Creu Blanca: Reina Elisenda 17, 08034 Barcelona. Tlf. 932.522.522
The room is equipped with the latest technologies in hemodynamics and angiography at the central and peripheral nervous system, as well as all the necessary material that allows us to perform all kinds of diagnostics and therapeutics.
In case of complications have an intensive care unit, anesthesia equipment, crash cart, pump and balloon counterpulsation contrast.
What Is Interventional Radiology?
When we speak of interventional radiology we refer to performing minimally invasive treatments guided in some cases by open surgery.
What does it consist of?
With this type of intervention can be treated many diseases introduced into the instrumental body or small tools, such as catheters or guide after percutaneous puncture of arteries, veins or organs such as the liver or kidneys and helping techniques imaging such as X-rays or ultrasounds.
Advantages of Interventional Radiology
The vast majority of procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, ie it is not necessary that the patient has to be hospitalized. Almost all interventions that do not require general anesthesia. Intervening in this way the recovery is much faster. There is less risk of complications when the process is conducted in the typical operating room.
Cardiac catheterization is the ideal procedure that can be performed in interventional radiology room.
Under local anesthesia, catheters are inserted through an artery and advanced to the thoracic aorta, right where the coronary arteries are born. Through these catheters a dye is injected to see if the coronary stenosis (taponación of the arteries) is a reality, and if so, determine the severity.
The entire procedure takes 20 to 40 minutes, and the patient, once the test can return to normal life, with no income, no hospital stays above the test period.
If diagnosed CHD (coronary artery taponación) there are three courses of action. First, treatment with drugs. The second surgery to place a bypass and the third, and most common, performing coronary angioplasty.
An angioplasty can be performed in interventional radiology room and there is nothing but placement of a stent. How do you stand? Through a process very similar to that employed in cardiac catheterization.
Through the radial or femoral artery through catheters which are introduced different devices advance. Among these devices is the angioplasty balloon, a balloon is positioned at the site of the stenosis (blockage) and high pressure is inflated to dilate the artery and improve blood flow. Subsequently, in most cases the stent, which is a prosthesis shaped metal mesh is implanted. This device allows the artery open lasts longer.
This procedure takes 30 to 90 minutes.
This technique has a very low level of risk and is as effective as the placement of bypass, but much less aggressive and allows the patient to save the typical operating rooms and hospital admission.
Other procedures that can be performed
The Department of Interventional Radiology is ready to perform over 150 tests. We can perform diagnostic and therapeutic neck, abdomen, liver and kidney, besides everything related to vascular field.