Interventional Radiology Procedures
Our interventional radiology (IR) procedures for dogs and cats provide alternative forms of treatment for complex medical conditions. In addition to being minimally invasive, these procedures can also result in shorter anesthesia and hospitalization times, potentially reduced medical costs, and less perioperative risk.
Interventional Radiology of the Urinary System
Procedures we can perform to address problems of the urinary system:
- Urethral stenting
- Percutaneous cystolithotomy – The removal of bladder or urethral stones
- Percutaneous cystotomy tube placement – A temporary solution where a cystotomy tube is placed via ultrasound guidance or fluorscopy
- Collagen injection – The submucosal injection of collagen into the proximal urethra to control incontinence in female dogs whose past treatments for urinary incontinence have failed
- Ureteral stenting in dogs (available soon) – Cystoscopy assisted retrograde placement of ureteral stent in dogs with ureteral obstruction secondary to urolitiasis, tumor, stricture, and in cases of chronic pyelonephritis
Interventional Radiology of the Respiratory System
We can also perform stenting, fine needle aspiration, and tracheoscopy procedures of the respiratory system:
- Tracheal stenting
- Fluoroscopy-guided fine needle aspiration – When pulmonary lesions are deeply seeded into the pulmonary parenchyma, ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of the lesion is impossible–however, fluoroscopy-guided fine needle aspiration of the lesion can easily be done safely and rapidly
- Interventional tracheoscopy – Tracheoscopy-guided electrocautery performed to remove tracheal inflammatory polyps or tumors in dogs and cats
Interventional Radiology of the Gastrointestinal System
Colonic or duodenal stenting may be required in cases where the surgical removal of an intra or extraluminal duodenal or colonic mass is not possible. We can place a fluoroscopic-guided stent to reestablish lumen patency.