VIR - Best Kept Secret in Medicine
According to a national survey, only three percent of Americans are aware of vascular interventional radiologist (Riley Research Associates, 2001). Today, minimally invasive treatments are available for many diseases, but few patients know to ask about them, or to seek out a second opinion from a vascular interventional radiologist. Historically, vascular interventional radiologists have been the "specialist's specialist," and patients didn't have direct contact with this specialty. Because surgery was the only treatment available for many years, many primary care physicians still refer their patients for surgery. Now that modern, minimally invasive treatments are available for many diseases, it makes sense to explore less invasive options first before progressing to major surgery. Dr. Azher Iqbal specializes in minimally invasive treatment.