Interventional radiology surgeries are associated with less pain, faster recovery time and shorter hospitalisation periods than routine surgical methods.
The Highcroft Referrals team offers a range of interventional radiology (IR) procedures. These are minimally invasive techniques which are performed using image guidance (usually fluoroscopic) and avoid a more painful surgical approach. These procedures are performed via natural body orifices or using a percutaneous approach.
Most commonly, IR procedures are performed to treat dogs with heart disease such as patent ductus arteriosus, pulmonic stenosis or bradyarrhythmias.
Interventional radiology services
- Tracheal stent placement for dogs with severe tracheal collapse
- Urethral stent insertion to relieve the signs of urinary obstruction associated with prostatic or urethral neoplasia
- Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) occlusion
- Balloon valvuloplasty for dogs with pulmonic stenosis
- Embolization of intra-hepatic portosystemic shunts
- Pacemaker implantation for pets with bradyarrhythmias
- Chemoembolization of neoplastic masses, especially large hepatocellular carcinomas
The IR techniques are adaptable to many situations and should be considered where a straightforward surgical option is not available.