What is interventional radiology?
An area of radiology that is frequently called special procedures. The goal is to simplify or improve the treatment of many conditions, previously managed surgically, that decreases length and cost of hospitalization (examples: removal of bile duct stones, abscess drainage, clearing blockages in bowels or vessels).
What is a special procedure?
The special procedures performed at our facility are conducted in a state of the art totally digital fluoroscopy room. Some examples of the procedures that we do are arteriograms, biopsies, abscess drainages, percutaneous nephrostomies, or basically any procedure in which a foreign material is introduced into the body. There are risks involved for all types of invasive procedures. Preparation time and recovery time may vary for each procedure.
What are the risks?
Although the risks are small in most cases, they should be discussed thoroughly by you and your doctor, technologist and/or the radiologist. The risks may include bleeding, infection, allergic reaction, paralysis, lung collapse (lung biopsies only), or even death. Complications are rare. You will be able to consent to the procedure after being informed of the potential risks. This is called "informed consent.” This does not release anyone from liability, but your signature shows that the risks were explained to you. Informed consent is required for all invasive procedures either verbally or in a written communication.
How do I prepare for a special procedure?
You will need to bring your orders to the hospital anywhere from one to seven days prior to your exam to pre-admit. All necessary paperwork and pre-exam lab work will be completed then. The day of the exam you will need to arrive one hour prior to the procedure in outpatient surgery. The nurses will evaluate you; start an IV if needed, give any pre-procedure pre-op medications that have been ordered. Be sure to follow any directions for eating and taking certain medications for your particular exam (See exam preparations).
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