Minimally Invasive: Interventional Radiology Services at McLaren Lapeer

Carlos Ledezma, M.D.
Carlos Ledezma, M.D.
As an interventional radiologist, Carlos Ledezma, M.D., uses nonsurgical, minimally invasive, image-guided methods such as X-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound to diagnose and treat many different diseases throughout the body.

With techniques such as angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, interventional radiologists like Dr. Ledezma use direct imaging guidance to insert and maneuver small tubes (for example, catheters) and wires into the body to either open blood vessels (in narrowed or blocked vessels) or close them to stop life-threatening bleeding in trauma patients. Dr. Ledezma can also kill tumors by blocking the arteries that feed them.

Seeking Better Results

"Many conditions that once required surgery can now be diagnosed and treated with interventional radiology (IR) techniques, which are minimally invasive with less risk and faster recovery times," Dr. Ledezma says.

Collaborating with physicians from various medical fields including ER, oncology, trauma, urology, and wound care, Dr. Ledezma may be called on an emergency basis-to open clots that can cause pulmonary embolus, stroke, loss of limbs, or deep vein thrombosis- or on a nonemergent basis to place ports or catheters for cancer treatments or dialysis. Some of his most common procedures include:

  • Restoring blood flow to diseased vessels in the legs that may cause wounds and possibly gangrene and loss of limbs.
  • Killing tumors by directly placing either focused lethal energy or chemotherapy/radiation into the vessels feeding the tumor itself.
  • Treating varicose veins with a minimally invasive outpatient treatment using lasers or energy to close the diseased vein.

Expert Care

Dr. Ledezma is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Atlantic Health System/ Morristown and an interventional radiology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.

He is excited to build an innovative IR program at McLaren Lapeer Region. "There is a large and growing need for these kinds of procedures. Already, we are performing as many procedures as a large academic center," he says.

"And the hospital has provided excellent support in supplying the equipment and staffing that we need, which demonstrates their commitment to this important specialty."