Interventional Radiology FAQs
Common questions about Henry Ford interventional radiology procedures include the conditions we treat, the procedures we offer and how to prepare.
What kinds of conditions can you treat?
At Henry Ford, our interventional radiology team can treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Some types of cancer
- Conditions affecting the liver, deep veins of the extremities and abdomen and aorta
- Varicocele, female pelvic congestion syndrome
- Other women’s health conditions
- Obstruction of liver and bile ducts, kidneys and ureters
- Enteral access for feeding (feeding tubes)
- Venous access (ports) to treat cancer and other conditions
What types of interventional radiology procedures do you perform?
Henry Ford interventional radiologists are leaders in their field and have experience and expertise performing a variety of minimally invasive procedures, including:
- Advanced vascular interventions: Including treatments for deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and aortic dissection, as well as peripheral arterial disease
- Advanced liver interventions: Including the TIPS procedure, the DIPS procedure and other portal vein procedures
- Interventions for women: Including uterine artery embolization, fallopian tube recanalization and pelvic vein embolization
- Interventional oncology treatments: Including transarterial embolization and percutaneous ablation
- Arterial disease treatment, treatment of vascular lesions (AVMs)
Henry Ford interventional radiology physicians maintain their board certification continuously in a process called MOC (maintenance of certification). We also actively participate in research, education of future interventional radiology physicians (residents and fellows), as well as attend and participate in national interventional radiology society meetings to keep abreast of changes in our field.
How should I prepare for my procedure?
Your interventional radiology team will advise you on how to prepare for your specific procedure. You may be asked to provide:
- Health insurance card and identification: A driver's license or social security card
- Referral form: If required
- A list of current medications: Including prescription drugs and herbal supplements. PLEASE BRING your medications in their bottles with you to your clinic visit and procedure appointment.
- Films or X-ray images: As requested by your interventional radiologist
How long will my procedure take?
The length of time varies by procedure. Most interventional radiology treatments are minimally invasive procedures, which offer several benefits:
- Shorter procedures than traditional surgery
- Less exposure to anesthesia
- Smaller incisions
- Quicker recovery
Do interventional radiology procedures hurt?
Because they are minimally invasive procedures, your overall pain should be minimal. You may feel some pain around the insertion site. To help with any pain, you may be given a numbing medication around the insertion site and drugs through an IV to help you relax.
Will I be put to sleep?
Many interventional radiology procedures do not require you to be put under general anesthesia. You may be given sedatives to help you relax. Your individual reaction to the sedatives can vary but they may cause you to feel drowsy.
What are the risks?
As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved, although these vary by procedure. Your Henry Ford radiologist will review the specific risks of your procedure with you.
How and when will I receive my results?
The results are typically sent to your referring physician. In some cases where patients stay overnight following a procedure, results including a CD of images from the case may be available for you to take with you to your primary doctor at your next appointment.
What insurance plans do you accept for interventional radiology procedures?
Henry Ford Health System works with insurers from around the country. If you would like to confirm your coverage, please contact your plan.