The following guide will help answer any questions you may have about your upcoming procedure at Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center.
Will I be put to sleep?
Generally, you will not be put completely to sleep. Almost all procedures require that you be given local anesthesia at the site of entry into the skin. For some procedures, the radiology nurse may give you medicine to help you relax. You may be drowsy, but you will remain conscious and able to speak and follow directions throughout your procedure. Your blood pressure, blood oxygen level, heart rhythm and breathing rate will be continually monitored throughout the procedure. Our goal is for you to remain comfortable and relaxed.
Will I have an incision?
Interventional radiology procedures are minimally invasive using state of the art technology that do not require an incision. A small nick in the skin about the size of a pencil tip is made where the catheter enters the body.
What do I need to do before my procedure?
Please provide the following information:
- Inform your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to contrast dye (X-ray or IVP) or iodine.
- Complete any necessary tests required for your procedure as prescribed by your doctor. This includes all blood work.
- Obtain your prior imaging studies. Your doctor’s office can assist you. You must bring these on the day of your procedure.
- Please have your insurance card ready when you call and upon your arrival.
What about my regular medications?
DO NOT STOP A MEDICATION ON YOUR OWN. Ask your doctor whether it is safe for you to stop taking blood-thinning medication or anticoagulant, for a certain time period prior to your procedure. Your doctor needs to advise you if it is necessary and when to stop taking your medications. If this is unclear, please call us.
What do I need to bring?
Bring a list of all prescription and over-the-counter medicines you are currently taking. Bring your insurance card. Bring your prior imaging studies.
Can I eat anything?
DO NOT EAT any solid foods for six hours before your procedure. You may have clear liquids, e.g., water or tea, white grape juice or ginger ale, up to four hours before your procedure unless given special instructions otherwise.
Do I need to bring someone with me?
YOU MUST have a responsible adult available to drive / escort you home from the hospital unless a discussion has already taken place with our staff.
Where do I park?
Parking is readily available at no extra cost at our facility.
What can I expect during recovery?
You will receive specific instructions for recovery based on your exact procedure. Following your procedure, you may receive a phone call from us to answer any additional questions you have.