Interventional Radiology

Treatment for vascular (circulation) conditions

In the past, patients with vascular conditions always needed conventional open surgery.  Nowadays many vascular conditions can be treated with key hole surgery under x-ray using a specialist technique called interventional radiology.  Interventional radiology involves making small cuts in the body’s vessels and using x-rays and scans to insert and manoeuvre tiny devices to treat the problem.

Interventional Radiology staff member in uniform

Interventional radiology is a less invasive, safer procedure than traditional open surgery. It helps patients recover more quickly, and requires specialist skills and facilities. Open surgery is still the best treatment for some conditions including complex disorders and should always be done by specialist vascular surgeons.

Nowadays, not every hospital provides treatment for every condition.  Increasingly, less common and complex treatment is provided in fewer centres of excellence, which have specialist facilities, where staff can develop expertise and experience.  Organising care for less common and often serious and complex conditions in this way improves recovery and saves lives.

In Lancashire and South Cumbria patients with minor vascular conditions receive care and treatment in their local hospital.  Patients with severe vascular conditions, including life-threatening emergencies, are treated in the region’s Vascular Centre, at Royal Preston Hospital.  Patients may be transferred to their local hospital for further care following treatment of a severe vascular condition at the Vascular Centre.

Work is currently underway to build a new specialist operating theatre at the Vascular Centre at Royal Preston Hospital, and additional staff are being recruited.  See our latest jobs for opportunities to work in the Vascular Centre.