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...he always scrambled from the car and pranced through your door with a smile on his face. In his view every visit to you was a party with friends.
Hope Veterinary Specialists is pleased to announce that we are expanding the procedures offered through our interventional radiology service. Interventional radiology (IR) refers to a subspecialty of veterinary medicine in which advanced imaging techniques including ultrasound, fluoroscopy (real time continuous x-ray), CT, and MRI are used to provide advanced therapies for companion animals in a minimally invasive fashion. Smaller surgical incisions, natural body orifices or vascular access can all be utilized to provide significant advantages over more traditional surgical approaches. Additionally, with some disease conditions, interventional radiology procedures may be the only viable treatment option.
Hope Veterinary Specialists is one of the only facilities in the region with both Interventional Radiology and Interventional Cardiology services. The IR team is made up of radiologists, surgeons, internists, and cardiologists with advanced training in interventional procedures working as a team to improve treatment outcomes for patients and pet owners.
The IR service does not have specific service hours. However, we are available during normal business hours for consultations with clients and referring veterinarians. We are also available on an emergency basis because we recognize that certain disease processes necessitate emergency treatment.
The benefits of minimally invasive interventional radiology procedures are numerous:
- Procedures can be performed through smaller incisions or natural body openings such as the trachea, urethra, or via vascular access.
- Decreased post-operative pain
- Decreased surgical time
- Shorter hospitalization period
- Faster postoperative recovery
- May be the only treatment option for otherwise untreatable disease
Interventional Radiology and Interventional Cardiology Procedures offered:
- Airway diseases
- Tracheal stenting for tracheal collapse
- Stenting or balloon dilation for nasopharyngeal stenosis
Placement of a tracheal stent for life-threatening airway obstruction secondary to tracheal collapse.
- Urinary tract obstructions
- Urethral stenting
- Ureteral stenting
Placement of a urethral stent relieved a urinary tract obstruction secondary to a prostate tumor. This allowed the patient to urinate again and proceed with radiation therapy for the tumor.
Placement of bilateral ureteral stents to relieve bilateral ureteral obstructions secondary to multiple stones.
- Cardiology Procedures
- Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) occlusion
- Pulmonic stenosis ballooning
Intravascular placement of an Amplatz ductal occluder for attenuation of a PDA.