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Your Neurointerventional Procedure: Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my procedure be performed?

All neurointerventional surgical procedures and diagnostic cerebral angiograms are performed in the dedicated neurointerventional angiography suite, located on the fifth floor of the Center for Care and Discovery. Elective (non-emergency) neurointerventional and diagnostic procedures are scheduled and performed Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Those scheduled for procedures should enter the Center for Care and Discovery via the West Lobby and take the elevators to the seventh floor Sky Lobby. Once there, you will be directed to the Patient Registration Desk, where you will receive all necessary information regarding your stay and care.

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Do I need laboratory work prior to my procedure?

All patients who need neurointerventional surgical procedures must have current laboratory tests completed within 30 days prior to the procedure date. The lab tests necessary for these procedures are:

  • Prothombin time (PT)
  • Partial thromboplastin time (PTT)
  • Platelet (P)
  • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN)
  • Creatinine (CK) with glomerular filtration rate (GFR), if contrast is being administered

If you are unable to have your tests performed ahead of time, you will be sent to the hospital lab to have your blood drawn on the morning of your procedure. If you are allergic to IVP dye or any type of contrast given during any type of imaging study, you will need to be pre-medicated. Please contact our neurointerventional surgery team at (773) 702-6514 for detailed instructions on pre-medication requirements.

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Will I need anesthesia?

The neurointerventional team will inform you in advance if anesthesia will be necessary. If your surgical procedure requires anesthesia -- or if you specifically want anesthesia -- you will be advised to have an anesthesia pre-operative consultation. This consultation and your pre-surgical labs can be performed on the same day.

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How should I prepare for my procedure?

A member of the neurointerventional nursing team will contact you the night before your procedure. If we do not reach you directly, we will leave a brief message with follow-up contact information. In accordance with HIPAA guidelines on privacy, our voice message will include only a limited amount of information.

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What will happen on the day of my procedure?

It is important that you follow the instructions below on the day of your procedure:

  • Please arrive at the Radiology Clinic in Bernard A. Mitchell Adult Hospital (Room TC100) one hour prior to your scheduled appointment time. From there, a staff member will direct you to the neurointerventional angiography suite. You may need to allow more time if you need to have labs drawn on the day of the procedure.
  • If you are having anesthesia, do not eat or drink anything after midnight. The anesthesia clinic will provide you with additional instructions during your consultation with them.
  • If you are not having anesthesia, we advise you to take any heart, blood pressure, seizure, and breathing medications with a sip of water in the morning. All information will be reviewed with you during our confirmation call the night before the procedure.

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What should I expect after my procedure?

Following diagnostic cerebral/spinal angiography:

You will remain in the recovery area for two to six hours. During that time, we will ask you to remain very still and in the same position. After the recovery time is completed, you will be discharged and can go home in the care of a responsible adult.

Following neurointerventional surgical procedures:

If you receive coiling, stenting or embolization procedures, an inpatient stay will be necessary. The hospitalization may include admission to our neuro-intensive care unit on the day of the surgery and/or another night in our neuro-inpatient unit. Patients generally can be discharged the following morning. The hospital stay is necessary for frequent monitoring by our staff. You should arrange for a responsible adult to take you home and care for you after discharge.

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