Interventional radiology

Images of Vascular and Interventional Radiology facilities

Services and procedures

Endovascular procedures are minimally invasive and may be described as ‘pinhole surgery’.

Flexible plastic catheters are navigated through blood vessels using the body’s arterial tree as a ‘highway’ to gain access to areas which can otherwise only be reached by making a surgical incision.

As there is very little pain, the patient may be awake during the procedure and return to normal activities very quickly.

A number of the procedures outlined on the two services pages are undertaken jointly by the specialist medical teams in both interventional radiology and vascular surgery.  

Image of Endovascular Theatre at Kent and Canterbury Hospital

Endovascular Theatre

In early 2008, we opened a brand new Endovascular Theatre at Kent and Canterbury Hospital.

One of the first of its kind in the country, this new facility makes it possible to combine advanced x-ray imaging with a fully equipped operating theatre.

Consultants for Interventional Radiology

  • Dr Robert Kaikini - Clinical Lead, Consultant in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
  • Dr Neelan Das  - Consultant in Cardiac, Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Consultants for Vascular

Lead nurses

  • Rebecca Clark - Matron for Interventional Radiology/ Endovascular theatre

  • Tina Chance - Lead Vascular Nurse Practioner

Getting to our hospitals

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Directorate of Renal, Vascular, Urology and Interventional Radiology

East Kent Vascular Centre
Kent and Canterbury Hospital
Ethelbert Road

Fax: 01227 864164

Telephone numbers

Secretary (consultant Interventional Radiologists)

  • Dr Diwakar and Dr Kaikini: 01227 783181

Please visit the British Society of Intervential Radiology website for useful patient information on the following procedures:

  • Angiography 

  • Angioplasty and stent insertion 

  • Aortic aneurysm 

  • Biliary drainage and stenting 

  • Carotid artery stenting 

  • Central venous access 

  • Colonic stenting 

  • Fibroids 

  • Gastrointestinal haemorrhage 

  • Gastrostomy 

  • Hepatic malignancies 

  • Kidney tumour ablation 

  • Nephrostomy 

  • Oesophageal stents 

  • Pelvic venous congestion syndrome 

  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy 

  • Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations 

  • Ureteric stenting 

  • Varicoceles 

  • Varicose veins 

  • Vascular malformations 

  • Vertebral compression fractures 

  • Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty