What to Expect

While interventional procedures are chosen as an alternative to surgery, you should be prepared for some similarities with conventional surgery. Patients are sedated for many of the procedures, during which they are sleepy but can be aroused if necessary. You will be treated in a special radiology room that may look similar to a surgical suite, and the staff likely will be wearing surgical "scrubs", head coverings and gloves.

You will spend some time in a recovery area, where the staff will monitor you for a period of time before you are dismissed. Specific details of your procedure will be explained to you by the radiologist and staff members.

Side effects and complications

As with surgery, interventional procedures can have complications. These will be discussed with you before you are asked to sign a consent form.

Follow-up care

Follow-up care instructions will be given to you at the time of your procedure. All such care is specific to the procedure performed and your personal health condition.