Coastal Vascular specializes in Vascular and Interventional Radiology one of the most rapidly expanding areas of medicine that has led the current movement toward minimally invasive therapy.
Our patients range from infants to the elderly and include procedures spanning the full range of the field. Coastal Vascular performs both vascular and non-vascular interventions such as angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy, cryoplasty, thrombolysis, and embolization as well as biliary, renal, enteric, pulmonary, and transplant-related interventions. We also have a robust interventional oncology practice as well, which includes chemoembolization and radioembolization.
We also treat patients with the peripheral arterial disease, varicose veins, uterine fibroids, as well as offer dialysis services.
Interventional radiology is a medical sub-specialty of radiology utilizing minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. The concept behind interventional radiology is to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes. These procedures have less risk, less pain and less recovery time in comparison to open surgery thus it is less disruptive to the patient’s life.
Interventional radiologists are medical doctors with additional six or seven years of specialized training after medical school. Our doctors are certified by the American Board of Radiology.
Interventional radiology is a field of medicine in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance (e.g., CT, fluoroscopy, ultrasound). Some of these procedures are done to diagnose illness while others are done for treatment purposes. Different imaging modalities available to interventional radiologists enable our doctors to manipulate and guide tiny instruments throughout the body which in many instances avoids more invasive open surgery.
The length of interventional radiology procedures is dependent upon on the specific procedure being performed for each individual patient. Dr. Divyang C. Ayar or other members of the Coastal Vascular staff can tell you exactly what to expect for your procedure. Preparation time can take up to one hour, and recovery times can range from 1-6 hours, again depending on the procedure. Interventional radiology procedures for the heart tend to have the longest recovery times.
In terms of pain associated with medical procedures, pain caused by interventional radiology is typically minimal as the procedures themselves are minimally invasive. However, we do control pain for our patients using localized numbing and conscious sedation.
Normally since interventional radiology is typically a minimal procedure, you will not have to be put under general anesthesia. Interventional radiology procedures are designed to be minimally invasive and to minimize the time a patient has to spend as a patient in a clinic. There may be rare occasions in which an interventional radiologist may prefer to put a patient to sleep, but this will be discussed in detail with the patient.
The Coastal Vascular staff is comprised of carefully selected medical professionals who are equal parts experienced and caring. Led by interventional radiology specialist Dr. Ayar, Coastal Vascular is a patient-driven clinic where we constantly strive to provide leading interventional radiology care while minimizing the disruption this care causes in the lives of the men and women we treat. We are proud that our minimally invasive, image-guided procedures shorten recovery time, reduce complications and get our patients on the fast track to wellness and increased self-esteem.
The team of vascular specialists at Coastal Vascular Clinic are dedicated to providing excellent patient care that maximizes results while minimizing the time you spend at our clinic. Contact us for additional information.