Interventional Radiology is a medical subspecialty that uses minimally invasive techniques to replace open surgeries.
These procedures are done through tiny holes that enter the patient's arteries and veins to provide pinpoint treatment right where the problem exists. Since the procedure is done through tiny holes in the patient's wrist or groin, and not open surgery, there is minimal pain and recovery times are measured in hours or days unlike traditional surgery which requires weeks or months.
Our doctors and highly-trained vascular team will guide you through your entire outpatient experience. Our goal is, and always will be, to treat patients the same way we'd treat family and loved ones.
Supported by cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art equipment, our team can treat the vast majority of venous and arterial obstructions through minimally-invasive techniques. Often times, patients can recover comfortably in their own homes in days as opposed to weeks or months.
When you focus on patient outcomes from a perspective of communication, empathy, continuous learning, and a focus on one's values, results should be exactly what patients are hoping for.
Dr. Kent Hootman, MD is a board-certified interventional radiologist who has been treating peripheral arterial disease for more than 20 years. He attended medical school at the University of Colorado, completed his residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Following this, he completed a fellowship in interventional radiology at the prestigious Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology.
Dr. Hootman is an avid outdoor endurance enthusiast who loves to race mountain bikes. Being a competitor at heart, he thrives with the challenges of treating complex peripheral arterial disease.
Dr. Scott Needham is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist and has been in practice for 23 years. Dr. Needham graduated from the University of Chicago Division of The Biological Sciences Pritzker School of Medicine from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University-Medicine & Sciences in 1987. He has previously worked in Idaho Falls, ID and the northern region of Utah. He specializes in Cardiovascular Disease, Thoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) occurs when fatty and calcified deposits known as plaque build-up in the arteries supplying your legs and feet. This build-up can limit blood flow and cause pain and soreness. Often mistaken for arthritis or nerve problems, PAD can be misdiagnosed as various chronic leg pain conditions. While both men and women suffer from PAD at similar rates, it tends to more commonly affect those in older demographics. Those with high-blood pressure, a history of tobacco use, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol are also at high risk of having PAD.
Vein problems are among the most widespread chronic health conditions in the U.S. By age 50, nearly 40% of women and 20% of men have serious leg vein problems. At least 20 to 25 million Americans have varicose veins. Varicose veins, or enlarged veins found in legs and feet, are hereditary. They can often develop after pregnancy, trauma or injury. Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a common cause of leg pain and swelling. CVI occurs when the valves of the veins do not close properly, and blood return from the leg veins is impaired.
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that form in or around the uterus and are typically confirmed with an ultrasound. These growths are quite common, and between 20 and 70 percent of all women will develop them at some point during their reproductive years. While these growths are almost always non-cancerous, they can result in several negative health complications. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), also called uterine artery embolization (UAE), is a highly efficacious and minimally invasive procedure that blocks blood flow to the fibroids, ceasing their growth and causing them to shrink over time. UFE has been performed safely in the United States since the 1990s.
A compression fracture is typically caused by a loss of bone mass (osteoarthritis) that occurs as part of aging. Osteoarthritis or DJD of the knee is a condition in which the cartilage and underlying bone of the knee breaks down over time. Without cartilagen, the bones can begin to rub together. After enough time, this can cause the formation of painful growths known as bone spurs. Osteoarthritis of the knee most commonly affects older demographics, but patients of any age can experience this progressive disintegration of cartilage. Other common risk factors include a history of knee injury, or a genetic predisposition to osteoarthritis. Obesity also contributes significantly to the development of osteoarthritis, as excess weight can put a strain on the joints of the knee.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is an abnormal enlargement of the prostate gland. The prostate gland grows throughout a man's lifetime, however, sometimes the growth is excessive and interferes with urinary flow. Obstructed urinary flow can cause significant symptoms and other complications. Those most at risk for BPH are men over the age of 40. Nearly 60% of sufferers will experience significant symptoms by the age of 60, with rates increasing about 10% more for each decade of life thereafter. BPH is more common in men with a family history of prostate problems, as well as a history of diabetes and heart disease. Obesity can also be a contributing factor to the development of BPH.
Diabetes makes your blood sugar levels higher than normal. High blood sugar levels can damage the nerves that control sensation in your body. This damage is known as Diabetic Neuropathy. To diagnose this, we perform an Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density (ENFD) test. The ENFD test is highly specific and sufficiently sensitive with 97% of accuracy and can also be used to predict the small nerve fiber peripheral neuropathy. We perform the small skin biopsy and prepare the sample to be sent to our pathology laboratory.