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Interventional Radiology

Lyndon B. Gritters, M.D.
Lyndon B. Gritters, M.D.
Board Certified Radiologist
on staff at UPMC Chautauqua
(716) 664-8238

What are Interventional Radiologists?

Interventional radiologists are physicians who use minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in most organ systems. The goal of interventional radiology is to diagnose and treat patients with minimal patient risk and complications using the least invasive techniques available.

Using X-rays, ultrasound, CT, MRI, or mammography, interventional radiologists direct biopsies, insert drainage tubes, place vein catheters, and open up blocked arteries and veins with angioplasty balloons and stents.

In many cases, interventional radiology procedures replace what would have required surgery in the past. Most procedures are performed after local anesthesia and minor sedation, and use needles and narrow tubes called catheters, rather than the open incisions that are used in traditional surgery.

Most procedures are performed on a 'walk in - walk out' basis, using same day procedures that do not require hospital admission. Most patients finish the procedure with a band-aid rather than stitches. Recovery is fast and complications are remarkably low.

Our Physician Radiologist & Staff

Lyndon Gritters, M.D., board-certified radiologists on staff at UPMC Chautauqua, has trained in internal medicine, nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology, and interventional radiology at the University of Michigan and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and has more than 20 years experience performing interventional procedures.

The interventional radiology staff at UPMC Chautauqua understands the stress of medical procedures, and is committed to making your same day procedures at UPMC Chautauqua as pleasant as possible.

What are the interventional radiology procedures performed at UPMC Chautauqua?

  1. Arterial studies with balloon angioplasty and stent placement for patients with blocked arteries and trouble walking or foot sores that will not heal.
  2. Vertebroplasty for patients who have osteoporosis (weak bones) and painful spinal fractures.
  3. CT and ultrasound guided needle biopsies for patients who need to find answers to certain types of medical problems.
  4. Venous studies for patients with blocked veins and swelling.
  5. Ultrasound guided venous catheter insertion for patients who need certain antibiotics, fluids, or hemodialysis access.
  6. Placement of inferior vena cava filters for patients with blood clots in their legs.
  7. Placement of drainage catheters in patients who have serious infections and internal abscess (pus collections).
  8. Ultrasound guided drainage for patients with abnormal chest or abdominal fluid collections.

Choose UPMC Chautauqua 1st . . . Know Your Options

To obtain an interventional radiology consultation for a procedure or medical management question, please contact Dr. Gritters at (716) 664-9731 or UPMC Chautauqua Interventional Radiology Department at 716-664-8453.