Counties Manukau Health Vascular Surgery Service
Interventional Radiologists are Specialist Radiologists who specialise in minimally invasive, targeted treatments.
Interventional Radiologists offer in-depth knowledge of the minimally invasive treatments coupled with diagnostic and clinical expertise.
They use x-rays, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to treat an abnormality within the artery.
Angioplasty (ballooning) and stenting of arteries can be used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease. Interventional Radiologists pioneered many techniques which have been adapted to be used in many branches of healthcare.
Today many conditions that once required surgery can be treated nonsurgically using those techniques often with less risk and faster recovery time when compared with open surgery.
At Middlemore Hospital, all of these endovascular techniques are available to be used to advance the care of patients with vascular disease. The Vascular Surgeons and Interventional Radiologists work in close collaboration to determine the best management plan for each individual patient.