It has always been the goal of medical therapy to minimise the stress to the patient. Here, “keyhole surgery“ represented a milestone in the surgical disciplines. Interventional radiology is going one step further, and uses precision instruments introduced through the skin or via blood vessels and controlled using imaging techniques which can be combined if necessary. As a result, only very small incisions are needed to reach the affected parts of the body.
We have deliberately decided to offer some therapeutic approaches in parallel. This puts us in a position to use the most suitable form of treatment for the individual, because every patient is different. With many conditions, especially the treatment of liver tumours, this is a decisive advantage. Some minimally invasive methods were developed or improved in our own hospital.
Every year, we carry out more than 2,000 minimally invasive procedures and treatments, ranging from tissue biopsies to tumour therapy. And this number is growing all the time. It also means the best training and a huge wealth of experience for the doctors who work here. In the Charité’s Department of Radiology, a team of more than 10 doctors specialises in minimally invasive tumour therapy.
Of course, before every treatment we discuss our therapy proposals in detail with the patient. This includes an explanation of whether, in the particular instance, a certain treatment would be associated with increased risk, or whether other treatments might be more suitable.