Percutaneous gastrostomy tube
Patients with difficulty taking food by mouth often need a tube placed directly into the stomach to maintain nutrition. Using CT or X-ray guidance, a tube can be placed through the abdominal wall within the lumen of the stomach with minimal risks to the patient. This procedure is commonly performed under general anesthesia.
A tube can be advanced from the stomach and into the first portion of the small bowel. This is done under X-ray guidance with minimal risk to the patient.
The interventional radiology team is available around-the-clock for emergency consults involving life-threatening bleeding. Using a small incision in the leg or wrist, a small catheter is advanced into the affected artery in the body. With the use of X-ray, active/life-threatening bleeding can be stopped with coils or plugs with very low risk to the patient. The patient is sent to the floor or ICU with a small bandage on the puncture site.
Patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer can now be considered for the RENOVO trial. This trial involves administration of a chemotherapeutic agent directly into the arteries feeding the pancreatic cancer. Patients can leave the hospital the same day as the procedure.