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.

Do these Vascular Procedures hurt?

Both mild “conscious sedation” anesthesia and local anesthetic are used. The pain associated with the procedures we do is minimal, similar to the pain one experiences when getting a shot of medication in the arm.

Will I be put to sleep?

A major advantage of the minimally-invasive approach used by our Vascular Proceduralists is that the procedures we do can be completed without requiring overnight admission into the hospital. Procedures are performed with local numbing medicine at the site in the skin where the needle and catheter enter the body. Often, sedation medicine is given through an IV to make patients more comfortable and relaxed, but not put them to sleep. Most patients have no memory of the procedure having taken place.

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.