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Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary

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Have You Been Diagnosed with a Gastrointestinal or Genitourinary Problem?

As expert interventional radiologists, we offer a full array of gastrointestinal & genitourinary radiology procedures, which are typically done in a hospital, in an outpatient setting.

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Kidney biopsies are performed to obtain a sample of kidney tissue and to evaluate cysts, masses, and parenchymal disease. Liver biopsies are for the evaluation of liver tissue, which is sometimes required for elevated liver function tests or masses. The sample is obtained using ultrasound guidance with a small biopsy needle, all under moderate or "twilight" sedation. Connecticut Image Guided Surgery can usually schedule biopsies within 24 hours.

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Gastrostomy/Gastrojejunostomy Tube Placement and ReplacementsGastrostomy/Gastrojejunostomy Tube Placement and Replacements

People with certain medical conditions sometimes require that tubes be placed into the body so that they can receive medications or nutrients directly into the gastrointestinal system. Surgery was once required to insert these tubes, but today these procedures can be done without surgery by an interventional radiologist. Doctors often recommend placing a gastrostomy tube in the stomach for a variety of conditions in which a patient is unable to take sufficient food by mouth. In the procedure, the feeding tube is inserted through a small nick in the skin and into the stomach under X-ray guidance. A gastrojejunostomy allows for direct gastroenteric feeding by having its tip terminate in the beginning of the small intestine.

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Nephrostomy and Biliary Drain PlacementsNephrostomy and Biliary Drain Placements

Nephrostomy and biliary drainage are alternatives to surgery. Nephrostomy is a procedure in which a catheter is placed through your skin and into your kidney to drain your urine. X-ray imaging (fluoroscopy) is used to help guide the catheter into exactly the right place to drain your urine. Biliary drainage is performed in the same way as nephrostomy. The catheter is placed into your bile duct to drain your bile. At Connecticut Image Guided Surgery, we can replace these tubes for appropriate patients in a pleasant, non-hospital based environment.

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TIPSS and TIPSS RevisionTIPSS and TIPSS Revision

TIPSS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) is a non-surgical procedure used by interventional radiologists to treat portal hypertension. Seen most frequently in patients with liver disease such as cirrhosis or hepatitis, portal hypertension is a condition in which the normal flow of blood through the liver is slowed or blocked by scarring or other damage. Patients with the condition are at risk of internal bleeding or the buildup of fluid within the abdomen (ascites). During the TIPSS procedure, the doctor threads a catheter through a small incision in the skin near the neck and guides it to the blocked blood vessels in the liver. Under X-ray guidance, the doctor creates a tunnel in the liver through which the blocked blood can flow. The tunnel is held open by the insertion of a small metal cylinder, called a stent. Although the TIPSS procedure is almost always performed in a hospital setting, Connecticut Image Guided Surgery is well-equipped to help patients monitor TIPSS flow direction and velocities and to treat narrowings with angioplasty and stenting in an outpatient setting.

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