Prior to your procedure, your doctor may order several tests to be performed, such as X-rays, EKG, and lab work. You should inform your doctor of what medications you are currently taking and any allergies you have, especially to X-ray contrast. Depending on the type of test you are having, you may be asked not to eat or drink anything prior to your exam.
You may have to remain at the hospital after your procedure, sometimes up to six hours depending on the type of exam that was performed. Special instructions will be given to you to follow upon discharge. Once you are discharged, you will need someone to drive you home after your procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the procedure take?
Each procedure is different and the amount of time varies. Procedures can take as little as fifteen minutes up to ninety minutes or longer. You will be told approximately how long your procedure will take on the day you come in.
Is the procedure painful?
The interventional radiologist will make every effort to keep you comfortable during your procedure. A local anesthetic is used at the site to make it numb. You may feel some discomfort but most patients tolerate the procedures well.
What is a catheter?
There are many different types of catheters and all have a specific purpose. A catheter is a thin tube that allows medication to be administered, blood to be drawn, dialysis treatments and several other uses specific to your needs. Some catheters are inserted under the skin so that they are not visible from the outside. The interventional radiologist will discuss the type of catheter you are having placed and answer any questions you may have.
How long will I have the catheter?
Each catheter has a specific function and differ in the amount of time that they are left in place. Some stay in for a couple of days and some can remain in for a few months. The type of catheter you have inserted will be explained to you and we will give you a time frame in which your catheter will remain in place.
How long does it take for my doctor to receive the results?
The interventional radiologist that performs your procedure will be able to inform you of your results at the conclusion of the procedure. A formal report will be sent to your doctor within 24 to 48 hours.
To learn about Shore and Advanced Radiology Solutions, or to schedule your appointment, call 609-653-4600.