What are our patients saying?

“Wonderful staff (Carole is the best) and Dr Ledezma was wonderful. He spent a full hour talking to me and my family about my sickness, my prognosis and the planned procedure. I left having full confidence in him and in his staff. I wish every doctor would be so through !”

 

Thank you for the great review!  We are very proud of our care team and when you are passionate about what you do, it is easy to provide great service.

Dr. Booth joins Kellam and Associates

We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Kristin Booth to our practice.  She completed her fellowship in Women’s Imaging at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. In addition to general mammography and breast ultrasound, she has special interest in breast MRI and PET/CT.  Dr. Booth will lead the continued development and growth of our women’s imaging division.  If you would like to learn more about Dr. Booth or the procedures she provides, please contact us at 248-693-9295 or at McLaren Lapeer 810-667-5744.

Interventional Oncology

Interventional Oncology

 

Interventional oncology (IO) procedures provide minimally invasive, targeted treatments for cancer patients.  IO procedures form an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team (i.e. medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, and interventional oncology) approach in the treatment of cancer and cancer-related disorders.

Image guidance is used in combination with the most current innovations available to treat cancerous tumors, while minimizing possible injury to other body organs.  Most patients having these procedures are outpatients or require a one night stay in the hospital.

  • Some of these therapies are regional, as when treating cancers involving several areas of the liver with chemoembolization or radioembolization.
  • Others are better classified as local, as when treating focal lesions in the kidney, liver, lung and bone with cryoablation (freezing), or microwave or radiofrequency ablation (heating).

In general, these techniques are reserved for patients whose cancer cannot be surgically removed or effectively treated with systemic chemotherapy. These procedures are also frequently used in combination with other therapies provided by other members of the cancer team.

CT-Guided Percutaneous Cryoablation For Early-Stage Renal Cell Carcinoma May Be Safe, Effective.

Renal and Urology News (1/8, Charnow) reports that research published online in Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology indicated that “computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous cryoablation for early-stage renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is highly efficacious and has a favorable safety profile.” Investigators came to this conclusion after treating “134 patients with biopsy-proven RCC using CT-guided cryotherapy.”

 

Dr. Ledezma, our Interventional Radiologist is active in diagnosing and treating patients with Renal Cell Carcinoma using CT-guided cryotherapy.  If you are interested in being evaluated by Dr. Ledezma or have a patient that could benefit from it procedure, please contact him at 810-667-5744.

Who is the Interventional Radiologist?

The interventional radiologist is a medical doctor who has completed four years of study in radiology. The interventional radiologist is then eligible to take the board examination given by the American Board of Radiology. Following board certification, the interventional radiologist completes an interventional radiology fellowship training program. Today, there are more than 5,000 interventional radiologists in the US, mainly practicing in academic medical centers and in larger community hospitals. Interventional radiologists work closely with other physicians and play an important role on the treatment team.

We provide state-of-of the-art diagnostic and interventional radiology services in a timely and cost effective manner for our patients and do research to develop new technologies for the future.

Interventional radiology can be defined as a specialty where trained radiologists use various imaging techniques and modalities to guide percutaneous minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The procedures are called percutaneous procedures because, as opposed to surgery, they are done through the skin using a needle stick or a small cut down technique. The procedures are usually simpler and safer, less traumatic, less painful, less invasive and in general as effective, and more cost-effective than comparable open surgical procedures.

Our Division Interventional Radiology is directed by Carlos Ledezma, M.D.

If you would like to discuss a procedure or schedule a consultation with Dr. Ledezma please contact his office at 810-667-5516.

Procedures Offered include:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Angioplasty and Vascular Stenting

Carotid Angioplasty with Stenting

Central Venous Access Catheters and Gastrostomy (Feeding) Tubes

Chemoembolization

Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins

Radiofrequency Ablation

Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) 

Uterine Artery Embolization

Conditions Treated:

Carotid Artery Disease

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Liver and Portal Hypertension

Infertility (Male or Female)

Pelvis Pain (Chronic)

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease

Renal Artery Disease/Hypertension

Stroke

Thrombosis

Uterine Fibroids

Varicose Veins

Cancer Treated with Interventional Radiology

Breast

Lung

Liver

Kidney

Bone

 

To learn more about these procedures and others that we offer please visit:

http://www.sirweb.org/patients/minimally-invasive-treatments/

What is Interventional Radiology?

What is interventional radiology?

Interventional radiologists are involved in the treatment of the patient, as well as the diagnosis of disease. They treat an ever-widening range of conditions inside the body from outside the body by inserting various small instruments or tools, such as catheters or wires, with the use of various x-ray and imaging techniques (i.e., CT scanners, MRI scanners, ultrasound scanners). Interventional radiology offers an alternative to the surgical treatment of many conditions and can eliminate the need for hospitalization, in some cases.

 

Vascular and Interventional Radiology – Dr. Carlos Ledezma

Welcome to Vascular and Interventional Radiology – A division of Kellam and Associates, P.C.

Under the direction of Dr. Carlos Ledezma we offer the full range of minimally invasive interventional procedures. He is seeing patients in his clinic located in Mclaren Lapeer Region for evaluation prior to and in follow up upon completion of the procedures. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Ledezma please call: 810-667-5516.

 

Our new Interventional Radiologist is already making an impact!

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McLAREN LAPEER REGION OFFERS A NEW PROCEDURE FOR KIDNEY TUMOR PATIENTS…CRYOABLATION.

 

Dr. Carlos Ledezma performed the first interventional renal mass cryoablation this past week at McLaren Lapeer Region. Freezing kidney tumors using a safe minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment is a highly-effective treatment option for patients with kidney tumors.

 

Interventional cryoablation uses imaging to pinpoint tumors and probes to penetrate the skin to deliver freezing cold directly to a diseased tumor. Most patients go home the same day they receive treatment with minimal limitation on regular activities. With traditional laparoscopic kidney surgery, a patient remains in the hospital for several days and recovery time can be from two to four weeks.

 

“The procedure appears to be a good option for some patients,” says Dr. Ledezma, interventional radiologist at McLaren Lapeer Region. “It makes their hospital stay and recovery time very short and surgical stress is minimal.

The standard treatment for kidney tumors is surgery. For some patients, surgery is not an option because they are frail due to age or illness or are not able to have surgery because of other factors. If this is the case, cryoablation may be an option.”

 

Last year, more than 1.3 million new cancers were diagnosed in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 50,000 of these individuals were diagnosed with kidney cancer. But there is hope: More than 200,000 kidney cancer survivors are living in the United States right now. Recent advances in diagnosis, surgical procedures, and treatment options will allow even more patients to live with the disease, continuing to maintain their normal schedules and lifestyles.

 

“It is extremely important that individuals realize all their treatment options, especially since the incidence of kidney cancer has been steadily increasing,” says Bart Buxton, CEO & President, McLaren Lapeer Region. “I am very proud to have Dr. Ledezma join our staff and bring this state-of-the-art procedure to McLaren Lapeer Region.”