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Additional Procedures

  • Vertebroplasty is a pain treatment modality  for patients with vertebral compression fractures that fail to respond to conventional therapy, or for those who do not tolerate available analgesics or narcotic medications. It is a non-surgical outpatient procedure in which medical grade bone cement is injected into the collapsed vertebra. Within 15 minutes of injection, the cement is set, stabilizing the fracture and functioning as an internal cast. Pain is reduced and the potential for further collapse, height loss, and curvature as a result of osteoporosis is reduced. Procedure time is approximately two hours and includes X-ray imaging and conscious sedation.
  • Vein Ablation is a treatment method for ineffective valves in the vascular system, commonly called varicose veins. Vein ablation utilizes catheterization and laser energy to close the great saphenous vein, thereby eliminating refulx into the lesser veins causing them to shrink and improve in appearance. Normal blood flow is re-established by healthy veins in the region. Treatment involves local anisthetic and is completed in less than an hour, providing immediate relief from symptoms. Post procedure discomfort is treated with over-the-counter analgesics.
  • Central Venous Access Catheters are placed in patients who regularly have chemotherapy treatment, infusion of antibiotics or other medications, nutritional supplementation, and hemodialysis. Interventional radiologists at Rush Copley utilize several types of CVACs including tunneled catheters (Hickman or Broviac), peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC lines) dialysis catheters and chest ports.