Interventional procedures

About Interventional Procedures

Interventional radiology and interventional oncology procedures are used to diagnose or treat many types of diseases. They involve imaging and minimally invasive procedures. In some cases, they can reduce the need for surgery.

  • Preparing for an interventional radiology or oncology procedure

    A nurse will call you with instructions about how to prepare for your procedure. Be sure to tell the nurse and your healthcare provider what medicines you take (especially insulin and/or Coumadin or other blood thinners). You’ll be given specific instructions about how to take your medicines before the procedure.

  • Arriving for your appointment

    The nurse will tell you what time you should arrive for your procedure. 

  • What happens during your interventional radiology or oncology procedure

    Every interventional procedure is different. A nurse will tell you what to expect for the type of procedure you’ll be having. 

    Depending on the type of procedure, you might:

    • not receive any sedation
    • receive some medicines that will relax you during the procedure
    • meet with the anesthesia team
  • What happens after your procedure

    After your procedure has been completed, you’ll be taken to the recovery room or hospital room for observation. You might need to stay for a few hours or overnight. When you’re discharged, you’ll be given specific instructions to follow regarding medications, activity, diet, etc.

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