Frequently Asked Questions

Unlike traditional surgery, interventional radiology only requires a pinhole-sized incision. This results in reduced discomfort for patients—and a quicker recovery. The majority of interventional radiology treatments can be performed in an outpatient setting, allowing many patients to return home the same day. Patients are frequently discharged from the hospital within 24 hours if a hospital stay is necessary. However, Broadway Vascular provide same day discharge.

While many surgical procedures require general anesthesia, interventional radiology employs conscious sedation techniques to keep patients comfortable and relaxed throughout the operation without exposing them to the hazards associated with general anesthesia.
Interventional radiology treatments have been shown to produce comparable — and in some cases, much superior — outcomes to open surgery. Indeed, interventional radiology has largely supplanted open surgery for many procedures.

Vascular illness is characterized as “disease of the arteries and veins.” Blood vessels — arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood, and veins that return blood to the heart — are the circulatory system’s highways.

The body cannot function properly without freely flowing blood. When plaque obstructs the flow of blood to any region of the body, conditions such as arterial hardening can generate “traffic jams.” Other vascular abnormalities may be congenital or develop as a result of pregnancy or another health problem.

All interventional radiology operations at Broadway Vascular are conducted by board-certified physicians who have undergone subspecialty training in vascular & interventional radiology. Your interventional radiologist may also collaborate with nurse practitioners and physician assistants who have acquired further training in interventional radiology as part of your care team. Additionally, interventional radiologists collaborate closely with physicians from various medical specialties to ensure that you receive customized care based on your unique needs.

During your pre-procedure phone call, a nurse will discuss any requirements that you should follow. In general, you may be asked to abstain from solid foods at midnight before to your operation.

During your pre-procedure phone call, a nurse will advise you on which medications you should continue taking and which you should stop. Generally, your doctor will urge you to continue taking your regularly scheduled prescriptions. However, your radiologist will almost certainly advise you to abstain from blood thinners for a specified number of days prior to the procedure.

In contrast to traditional surgery, individuals undergoing interventional radiology procedures are typically not sedated completely. Due to the fact that general anesthesia is often not required for interventional radiology procedures, you will benefit from a faster recovery and decreased risk of complications.

Alternatively, your care team will gently numb the incision site with a topical anesthetic to alleviate discomfort. Then, they will administer sedation via an intravenous (IV) line, which will make you more calm and comfortable during the process. You can rest assured that you will have minimal discomfort.

Your sedation level may vary depending on the technique, your age, and your medical condition.

  • Minimal – You will feel drowsy but will be able to communicate.
  • Moderate – During portions of the procedure, you may fall asleep and become unaware of your surroundings.
  • Twilight – You will be sleeping but will be able to breathe independently. You will have very little recollection of the procedure.

The majority of interventional radiology treatments that involve arteries and veins often require a minimum of one hours of recovery. Under very rare circumstances recovery last longer than six hours might be neccasry. Prior to your procedure, your care team will remind you of the designated period for recovery.

It’s crucial to remind you that you will be unable to drive following your procedure. Please make arrangements for someone else to
accompany you to and transport you home from your procedure.

If you underwent a procedure, your care team will contact you to discuss the findings on the day of your procedure.
All vascular testing results will be given to patients and discussed with them on the day of their clinic visit.