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 and when to stop eating or drinking.
- Arriving for your appointment
The nurse will tell you what time you should arrive for your procedure. Sometimes, you may get other automated instructions, but it is important to follow the instructions given to you by the nurse. If you need to speak with one of our nurses before the procedure, you may call: 615-343-9206.
- 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, the doctor might order for you:
- a local numbing medicine
- some medicines that will relax you during the procedure (you will be able to respond to questions)
- advanced anesthesia care provided by an anesthesiologist
- What happens after your procedure
After your procedure has been completed, you will be taken to a room to recover. 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. Our nurses want to check on you during the days after your procedure, please expect a phone call to check on how you are recovering.