Our Goal is to Keep You as Comfortable as Possible
When you need a port placed in your body for cancer treatment or a vascular procedure that will help you continue your kidney dialysis routine, you'll be cared for by our highly trained professionals in the Interventional Radiology section of Main Street Radiology.
Our team of four interventional radiologists has over 70 years of combined experience performing all types of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Our nurses have extensive emergency room and intensive care unit experience. All these professionals are certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, or ALCS. Our technologists have additional training in Interventional Radiology.
All procedures are performed in spacious surgical operating suites. There are comfortable areas where family members can stay with patients before an after the procedure. Our goal is to provide consistently excellent care in a compassionate and pleasant atmosphere. Every patient is treated like friend or family.
Our outpatient practice at Main Street Radiology focuses on the following areas:
Successful kidney dialysis requires well-functioning blood vessels. Our team evaluates and treats failing or failed fistulas and grafts, aneurysms and pseudo-aneurysms, steal syndrome, and balloon-assisted maturation (BAM) of AV fistulas.
- A wide range of techniques such as angioplasty, stenting, embolization, and percutaneous ligation are performed using ultrasound and/or fluoroscopic guidance.
- Medications for anxiety and pain are available as needed, so every patients' experience is pain-free and relaxed.
- Radiation exposure is always kept as low as possible.
- Patient are enrolled in an active surveillance and maintenance program to assure early and efficient intervention when needed.
- Our objective is to ensure every AV shunt functions at its best during dialysis without the loss of dialysis time or disruption of schedules.
- The dialysis access practice also includes placement, troubleshooting, maintenance and removal of venous and peritoneal dialysis catheters.
Many cancer patients receive chemotherapy through ports, which are small plastic devices placed under the skin that hook up to IV tubes. Our medical professionals place, remove, and troubleshoot subcutaneous venous ports. (These are also known as porta-caths, medi-ports, or chemo-ports.)
- The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia with light sedation. It is completed in less than one hour.
- Patients rest in our spacious recovery area prior to discharge.
- Using-image guided venous access, we have placed well over 2,000 ports. More than 99.7% of our patients have had no complications.
- The feedback from our patients has been consistently positive: The procedures are very well tolerated and the results are cosmetically pleasing and trouble-free.
Since opening our downtown Flushing facility, we have expanded to include additional procedures.
- Vascular access procedures, including the insertion of catheters. We perform both PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter placement) and tunneled central line placement.
- Ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspirations (FNA) to biopsy thyroid nodules and cervical superficial lymph nodes.
- Ultrasound-guided liver biopsies
- Diagnostic and therapeutic paracentesis to remove gas or fluids from certain parts of the body.