Frequently Asked Questions
There are different ways for you to receive information about your procedure. If you are having a consultation with one of our interventional radiologists, they will be able to tell you about the procedure you will have. The day before your scheduled procedure, a registered nurse will contact you and provide you with information about your procedure and give you information such as the time you should arrive, medications you should take, when you can eat or drink, and provide further details on the procedure you will have. You can also call our department Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at 212-241-7409 if you have additional questions.
How long will the procedure take?
Each procedure length varies and we recommend keeping your schedule open for the day. If there is an issue with scheduling, please notify us as soon as possible so we may help resolve any conflict.
Will I have to stay in the hospital overnight?
Some procedures do require admission to the hospital overnight. You will know when you are scheduled whether you are expected to stay overnight.
Does the procedure hurt? Will I be put to sleep?
Some amount of discomfort will be experienced with all procedures. You will be given medication intravenously to minimize your discomfort as much as possible. The medication will make you drowsy and you may be in a light sleep state where you will still be able to answer questions and follow simple directions. Some procedures may, however, require the use of 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, but if you are having sedation you will have to have someone with you in order for us to discharge you after your procedure. You will not be able to drive yourself home or take public transportation by yourself after your procedure.
What is the recovery process?
Each patient recovers differently. Once you are discharged from the Interventional Radiology Suite, we ask that you refrain from strenuous activities for 48 hours. Most patients resume normal activities such as work and going to the gym three days after the procedure. Any specific instructions will be given to you during the discharge process.