What is Intervention?
Intervention is one of the therapeutic methods such as for diseases in the heart, blood vessel, liver, brain, digestive organs and urinary organs. This therapy is usually performed by making a hole of a few millimeters in a diameter in the skin and inserting a thin tube, called a catheter, into the blood vessel for treatment.
This technique is called interventional cardiology when the treated region is the heart.
These diseases can be treated also with pharmacotherapy or surgical therapy.
However, pharmacotherapy is sometime insufficient for serious conditions, while surgery tends to be a major operation as it is accompanied with general anesthesia and large invasive incisions.
In contrast, intervention therapy is gaining popularity due to its less invasiveness. As the smaller incision size speeds up post –operation recovery , the patients quality of life can be improved with a reduced hospitalization period of 3 to 5 days.
This is also expected to decrease the economic burden of the patient.