Vascular and Interventional Physicians at CHI St. Alexius Health are subspecialty trained and board certified doctors that offer patients minimally invasive alternatives to surgery. Physicians allow patients to receive state-of-the-art care close to home. Referring physicians are able to schedule the patient to see our Vascular and Interventional Physicians within days, if not hours, for consultation.
We offer treatment options for the following conditions and many more:
- Blood clots
- Cancer and benign tumors
- Compression Fractures of the Spine
- Acute Bleeding
- Abscesses and other collections
- Cirrhosis and ascites
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Uterine Fibroids
- Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
- Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
- Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
- Acute Stroke
Vascular and Interventional Radiologists are board-certified physicians with extensive training in the management and treatment of various vascular and non-vascular conditions not limited to those listed above. They use live X-ray, ultrasound, and/or CT scan to guide a catheter or needle inside the body, to deliver treatment to a specific part of the body.
Our physicians perform a full range of vascular and interventional radiological procedures that offer patients minimally-invasive treatment options, often reducing patients' recovery time. Vascular and Interventional Radiologists not only offer patients a less invasive alternative, but a treatment option that is cost effective with excellent patient outcomes.
For many years, cancer treatment involved surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation. With the advancement of CHI St. Alexius Health’s Interventional Radiology team, cancers can be treated in less invasive ways. Our team provides minimally-invasive treatments, uses techniques to manage pain, performs biopsies, and helps reduce other symptoms and side-effects associated with traditional cancer treatments.
One treatment option is chemoembolization, where anti-cancer drugs are directly injected to blood vessels feeding a cancerous tumor. Then, chemotherapeutic drug(s) are delivered through the catheter along with a blood vessel occluding agent directly at the site of the tumor.
Radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors is another treatment option, which is a minimally-invasive technique used to help guide a needle electrode into a cancerous tumor.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the non-cancerous growth of the prostate gland, causing the prostate to be enlarged. BPH affects approximately 50 percent of men in their 50s and as many as 90 percent in their 70s and 80s.
CHI St. Alexius Health’s Interventional Radiologists work closely with urologists to offer innovative, minimally invasive treatment with less risk, less pain, and less recovery time than traditional surgery. The treatment is referred to prostatic artery embolization, where a tiny incision near the groin or wrist is made to insert a catheter into an artery and to blood vessels of the prostate. This blocks the blood flow to specific areas of the prostate, depriving those prostate cells of oxygen and results in shrinkage of the prostate gland.
CHI St. Alexius Health is the only hospital in western and central North Dakota capable of providing clot removal procedures for stroke patients.
Interventional radiologists use a procedure called thrombectomy to remove a blood clot under image-guided techniques for patients who qualify. Recently published research supports the use of thrombectomy for patients presenting with stroke symptoms within 24 hours of onset.
For stroke patients, time to therapy is critical! Better patient outcomes are seen with faster times to treatment.
To learn more about stroke treatment options at CHI St. Alexius Health, click here.
Specialty-trained providers can put you on the path to active, attractive, pain free legs. Our team can assist you in determining the best treatment option for your venous disease. Those treatment options may include: Compression Stockings, Sclerotherapy, Ambulatory Phlebectomy, and Endovenous Laser Therapy.
To learn more about vein services at CHI St. Alexius Health, click here.