A tiny metal "scaffold" is placed in a narrowed artery to prop it open and maintain blood flow to the heart.
During your angiogram, the IR may find areas in the blood vessels that may be blocked or narrowed. After discussing the findings with your referring physician, it may be determined that you could benefit from angioplasty (using a balloon catheter to open up a narrowed area) and/or stent insertion (small flexible tube made of wire mesh used to hold open clogged or narrowed blood vessels). Afterwards, there is a chance that you may stay overnight in the hospital and go home the next morning.
Before Your Procedure
Your referring doctor's office will schedule your appointment with us and provide you with all information related to preparation and expectations for your specific condition and procedure.
You will need to arrange for a family member or friend to take you home after your procedure. Please note that you will not be allowed to drive yourself or to take a bus. You must have someone escort you by car or taxi.
When You Arrive For Your Procedure
Please wear comfortable clothes and leave all valuables at home. When you come to the main hospital you may go directly to the Ambulatory Care Unit on the first floor of the Hanchett Building. This is where you will check in and prepare for your procedure. They will take you to the Interventional Radiology suite. If your procedure is a day procedure, not requiring an overnight stay, you will be brought back to this area when your procedure is complete. Your companion is encouraged to accompany you to check-in and may wait in the waiting area during your procedure.
After Your Procedure
Your recovery will depend on the type of procedure you have. Your doctor will be able to tell you what to expect after the procedure for your path to recovery. If your procedure does not require an overnight stay, you will likely return to the Ambulatory Care Unit. If you will be admitted to a patient care unit, your belongings will be transferred to your room for you and your companion will be notified.