Now let's discuss what will happen prior to your procedure.
Your doctor will want to discuss your medical history and any other current medical conditions you may have, including allergies. Make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have allergies to latex, contrast dye, iodine, seafood or any medications such as penicillin or if there is any chance that you are pregnant.
Also let your doctor know beforehand, if you are currently taking aspirin, blood thinners, pain medicine like Motrin or Advil or other prescription medications. Some of these may need to be stopped at least seven days before the procedure. Therefore, it is always helpful to bring a list of your medications with you.
This procedure can be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis. If you are an inpatient, you will return to your hospital room following the procedure. Outpatients may go home the same day. For your particular situation, you will be given specific instructions as to where and when to arrive at the medical facility, how to prepare for your procedure and what to expect the day of and the days following your procedure.
You will be asked not to eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours prior to your procedure.
Because you will not be able to drive after your procedure, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home.