So what is interventional radiology exactly? The following guide will help answer any questions you may have about your upcoming procedure at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
About Your Interventional Radiology Procedure
Q: Will I be put to sleep?
A: 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.
Q: Will I have an incision?
A: Generally, interventional radiology procedures 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.
Q: What are the risks?
A: Any medical procedure has risks. The radiologist will discuss the risks of the procedure with you before your procedure is performed. If you have any questions, at any time, discuss them with your doctor or a staff member.
Prior to Your Procedure
Q: What do I need to do before my interventional radiology procedure?
- 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 X-rays or films. Your doctor's office can assist you. You must bring these on the day of your procedure.
- Pre-register by calling (614) 566-1521. Pre-registering helps speed up the check-in process when you arrive at the Interventional Radiology Center.
- Please have your insurance card ready when you call and upon your arrival.
Q: What about my regular medications?
A: DO NOT STOP A MEDICATION ON YOUR OWN. Ask your doctor whether it is safe for you to stop taking blood thinning medication, such as coumadin, warfarin, Plavix or aspirin, 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 your doctor.
On the Day of Your Interventional Radiology Procedure
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Bring a list of all prescription and over-the-counter medicines you are currently taking. Bring your insurance card. Bring your films or X-rays.
Q: Can I eat anything?
A: 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 two hours before your procedure unless given special instructions otherwise.
Q: Do I need to bring someone with me?
A: YOU MUST have a responsible adult available to drive/escort you home from the hospital. Note: If you are unaccompanied, your procedure will have to be rescheduled.
Q: How long will it take?
A: Be prepared to spend four to eight hours at the hospital, depending on your procedure. Injections for pain procedures last approximately two hours.
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: A nurse remains with you throughout your entire procedure. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask your nurse. If you have questions prior to your procedure, please ask your doctor.
Q: Where do I park?
A: Use the valet parking service near the Green Garage or park in the Green Garage. You will be given a parking pass before you are discharged from the Interventional Radiology Center that will cover the charges for valet parking or parking in the Green Garage.
Q: How do I get to the Interventional Radiology Center?
A: From the Green Valet Parking area located next to the Green Garage, enter the Green Entrance. Pass the Deli and Information Desk, veering toward the righ-hand hallway. Follow the hallway to the Green Elevators and take the Green Elevators to the second floor. Follow directional signs on the second floor to the Interventional Radiology Center.
If you need help finding the Interventional Radiology Center, please ask for directions at any of the hospital information desks.
Recovering from Your Interventional Radiology Procedure
Q: What can I expect during recovery?
A: You will receive specific instructions for recovery based on your exact procedure. Following your procedure, you may receive a phone call from the Interventional Radiology Center to answer any additional questions you have. If you should have any questions regarding recovery once you are home, please call (614) 566-5755. Call 911 in case of an emergency.