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National No Scalpel Day Drives Vascular Radiology

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Vascular and Interventional Radiology is a discipline that is “in continuous expansion”, closely linked to technological development.

Every January 16coinciding with the date on which the doctor charles dotter performed the first angioplasty in 1964the United States celebrates the National Without a Scalpel Dayan ephemeris that vindicates the potential of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR)a transversal discipline that performs the diagnosis and treatment -in a minimally invasive way and guided by imaging techniques- of a large number of diseases.

“The list of pathologies that can be treated by IVR is constantly growing; from arterial diseases such as varicose veins and aneurysms, through a wide variety of benign pathologies such as uterine fibroids or prostate hyperplasia, to minimally invasive cancer care, where our field of action is expanding more and more and interventional radiologists are part of it. of the multidisciplinary Oncology teams in most hospitals”, exemplifies Dr. Mariano Magallanes, president of the Spanish Society of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (Servei).

In addition, he adds that interventions are being carried out in the Emergency Room “with more frequency” such as interventions “to stop post-traumatic or post-surgical bleeding”as well as the care of patients with sepsis, thromboembolic disease or stroke.

From the served want to take advantage of the anniversary to remember that RVI is a “fundamental” discipline in the practice of modern medicine, since it allows patients to be treated in a wide variety of situations, “many of them complex and urgent”, in which other specialties have limitations or pose a greater risk to patients. In this sense, the president of the Servei recalls that these treatments without a scalpel offer new surgical options that are less aggressive than conventional surgeries.

“In most cases, minimally invasive treatments are less painful and are most often performed under local anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation, so patients are often discharged the same day as the intervention. All this also implies fewer risks and a shorter convalescence compared to other therapeutic approaches such as traditional surgery, which ultimately also affects a decrease in health spending”, he argues.

Lastly, Mariano Magallanes points out that RVI is a discipline that is found “in continuous expansion”since it is intimately linked to the technological development. “New and more sophisticated medical devices are constantly being developed that allow the expansion of diagnosis and treatment through minimally invasive interventions to new diseases, so RVI will continue to gain importance over the years for the benefit of patients and the health system,” concludes.

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