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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to open a coronary (heart) artery that is completely or mostly clogged with deposits of fat and cholesterol called plaque.
  • Cryotherapy

    Cryotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that uses extreme cold to freeze cells in order to destroy them. Cryotherapy is used frequently to destroy cancer cells as part of cancer treatment. It is also referred to as cryoablation or cryosurgery.
  • Doctors at Rush use endoscopic mucosal resection to remove early-stage cancers or precancerous tissues in people with Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, carcinoid tumors and colon polyps. Doctors may also use EMR to take tissue samples to examine for diagnostic purposes.
  • IVC (inferior vena cava) filter removal is a procedure in which an IVC filter that had previously been placed in the patient is retrieved. IVC filters are devices placed in patients at a high risk of forming dangerous blood clots. However, if a filter isn’t eventually retrieved, it may actually cause blood clots or other complications.
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive surgical procedures. They are used to treat painful compression fractures of the thoracic spine (mid- and upper back) or lumbar spine (low back) caused by osteoporosis, cancer or trauma.
  • TIPS Procedure

    TIPS stands for "transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt." This is a procedure that creates new connections between two blood vessels in the liver. Some people with severe liver problems need this procedure. TIPS is not a surgical procedure. It is done by specially trained radiologists called interventional radiologists.