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Vascular surgery and Interventional Therapies
In Vascular surgery imaging techniques are used to perform minimally invasive procedures. Some of these procedures are done for purely diagnostic procedures (eg, angiogram), while others are performed as part of specific treatments (eg, angioplasty).
The aim is to diagnose or treat diseases with a minimally invasive technique. Images are used to direct the procedures, which are usually performed with needles, guide narrow tubes called catheters. The images provide a guide that allows the surgeon to guide these instruments through the body to the areas to be treated. By minimizing the physical trauma, infection ratios are reduced and recovery time and postoperative hospital stay is shortened.
Various imaging techniques are used (eg X-ray, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, Ultrasound), to treat a wide range of conditions to guide small instruments such as catheters and similar medical devices, through the patient's blood vessels, making only tiny incisions in the skin. It thus offers an alternative to open surgical treatment and allows several benefits.
Risk, pain and recovery time are usually very small compared to other procedures.
Most treatments are ambulatory or require only a short hospital stay. General anesthesia is usually not required.
The procedures for all listed advantages can be cheaper than conventional surgery or other procedures.