We cannot perform your procedure if you are at risk of bleeding or taking medications that promote increased bleeding. We ask that you stop using such medications five days before your procedure.
Please consult with your doctor to make sure it is safe to temporarily discontinue the medications. If you have any questions, contact our nurse at (415) 353-3717.
Discontinue the following medications before your procedure:
A nurse will contact you by phone one week before your appointment. During the call, the nurse will review information on patient safety and procedure preparation:
If you have any questions, please call our nursing staff at (415) 353-3717.
You will be asked to complete paperwork to document the current level and location of your pain. You will then be escorted to a private area where you will change into a gown and bathrobe. Your belongings will be secured in a personal locker.
You and a friend or family member will then meet with the doctor, who will explain the details of your procedure and obtain your signed consent. Please feel free to ask any questions.
Before your procedure, a nurse will greet you and settle you into a bed. A small IV catheter (intravenous tube) will be placed in your arm to administer sedatives before and during your procedure. Sedatives help you remain relaxed and comfortable.
Next, our technologist and nurse will wheel you into the procedure room, where you will be connected to monitors to observe your heart rate, blood pressure and breathing patterns. Our nurses and doctors will closely monitor you throughout the entire procedure. If you feel pain or anxiety at any time, simply request additional medication. We want you to be as comfortable as possible.
After the procedure, you will be observed for one hour in the recovery room. We will continue to monitor your vital signs – your blood pressure and breathing - while you wake up. The recovery period gives you and your doctor the opportunity to evaluate your response to the treatment.
Your family can join you at your bedside. Our nurses will give you any snacks you brought from home or provide you with something to eat and drink.
We will discharge you home once you safely meet our release requirements. Before leaving our center, you will receive thorough written instructions for your recovery at home.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.