Before your procedure, you will have a consultation with one of our interventional radiologists. The doctor will discuss your procedure and answer your questions. The day before the procedure, a registered nurse will contact you and give you more details. You will learn when to arrive, what medications to take, and whether you can eat or drink. The nurse will also answer any questions you may still have. You can also call us Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at (212) 241-7409 for more clarification. We want you to feel completely informed before your procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the procedure take?
We perform a wide variety of interventional radiology procedures. They vary in length. We recommend keeping the day of your procedure open. If you have an issue with scheduling, please let us know as soon as possible so we can help work it out.
Will I have to stay in the hospital overnight?
This depends on the procedure. Some do require spending a night in the hospital. You will know in advanced whether you should expect to stay overnight.
Does the procedure hurt? Will I be put to sleep?
Most procedures cause slight discomfort. We will give you medication intravenously to minimize this as much as possible. The medication may make you sleepy. It will probably put you in a light sleep state in which you will be able to answer questions and follow simple directions. Some procedures may, however, require general anesthesia. If you have any problems with sedation or anesthesia, or if you have a history of sleep apnea, please let us know during your consultation or during your pre-procedure phone call.
Do I need to have someone come with me for my procedure?
You do not need someone to escort you to the hospital on the day of your procedure. However, if you will be sedated, you will have to have someone picked you up after your procedure. We will not discharge you without an escort. You will not be able to drive yourself home or take public transportation by yourself.
What is the recovery process?
Each patient recovers differently. Once you leave the Interventional Radiology Suite, please refrain from any strenuous activities for 48 hours. You should be able to go back to your normal activities, such as work and going to the gym, within three days after the procedure. We will give you more specific instructions during the discharge process.