Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your interventional radiology procedure.
Before Your Interventional Radiology Procedure
Before many procedures, you can expect to have an initial consultation with an interventional radiologist. During this consultation, you can expect to:
- Discuss your condition and treatment options with an interventional radiologist
- Provide a list of all medications you use, including prescription, nonprescription, and over-the-counter medications and supplements. (Include any dietary supplements you take regularly, such as vitamins, herbals, and other products)
- Provide a list of names and phone numbers for your primary care doctor and any specialists you routinely visit
- Provide a list of allergies to medication and/or food
- Complete any required diagnostic tests (blood tests, urine test, X-rays, etc.)
During this appointment, the interventional radiology team will also:
- Ask about chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure
- Discuss the risks and benefits of your procedure
- Answer any questions or concerns you have
Your care team will also advise you of any special guidelines about when to stop eating, drinking, or taking medication prior to your procedure.
After your procedure is scheduled, be sure to make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home following your procedure.
Day of Your Interventional Radiology Procedure
On the day of your procedure, report to the hospital or outpatient center at your scheduled arrival time. Upon arrival, proceed directly to registration, where you will get checked in.
The registration process benefits everyone—patients, providers, and insurance companies. During your registration, we update your information in our records and assist you in filing accurate information for your insurance company. Current information on your medical records also allows your care team to easily contact you, if necessary.
Once it’s time for your procedure, your interventional radiologist will start an intravenous (IV) sedative and inject a local anesthetic to the site where they will make a small incision, if necessary. The interventional radiologist will then use real-time imaging to guide a needle or catheter through the body to the target location.
The length of your procedure will vary based upon the kind of procedure you’re receiving.
After Your Interventional Radiology Procedure
After your procedure, your interventional radiologist may apply pressure to your incision to stop any bleeding. Since most procedures require only a tiny incision, you will not need stitches or large bandages as you heal. Most patients are discharged the same day of their procedure. For other interventional radiology procedures, you may need to stay one night in the hospital before being discharged. Your care team will inform you of your expected recovery time prior to your appointment.
It’s important to note that you will not be able to drive after your procedure. Please be sure to arrange for someone else to accompany you to your procedure and take you home. Most patients can resume normal activity within 24 to 48 hours of their procedure. Your care team will give you any specific instructions related to your recovery at home.