Frequently Asked Questions About Vascular Medicine
What is Vascular Medicine? What is Image-Guided Medicine?
Vascular and Image-Guided Medicine is a specialty in healthcare where fellowship-trained Physicians diagnose and treat diseases in the human body without large surgical incisions, but rather by guiding tiny tubes through small holes in the body’s arteries and veins, using X-rays, Ultrasound, and other imaging methods. This allows Vascular Proceduralists to open blocked blood arteries and veins, right at the location where the problem lies.
The tiny incisions and holes through which Vascular Proceduralists work do not disrupt underlying muscle, therefore the pain from these procedures is minimal, similar to when one gets a shot with a needle, and the recovery is on the order of hours, not weeks or months as is often the case with traditional, open surgery.
What is the difference between Image-guided, Minimally-invasive treatment vs. Open Surgical treatment?
Image-guided, Minimally-invasive treatment is performed under mild anesthesia, through tiny holes that cause little-to-no pain or discomfort, and full recovery back to normal activities occurs in hours or days. Open Surgery is performed under general anesthesia with intubation, through large incisions, is often accompanied by post-surgical pain, and recovery takes weeks to months.
How long will the procedure take?
Prep time takes from 30 minutes to 1 hour. The procedures themselves take between 30 minutes to 2 hours. Recovery time is usually 2-3 hours. So your total time at our facility will be between 4-6 hours. All patients go home the same day.
Does the Procedure hurt?
We administer deep sedation. You should feel little to no pain and have no recollection of the procedure.
Will I be admitted to the hospital?
No. You will be home the same day, in your own bed. And you will be back to normal activities the next day.
Should I take my daily medications?
Morning medications should be taken with a small amount of water.
How and when will I receive the results of my procedure and any follow up instructions?
Our staff will keep you and your accompanying family or friends informed every step of the way. Your official procedure report will be sent to your Referring Physician. Of course, you are welcome to call us anytime and we would be happy to provide whatever information you need.