FAQ: Common Questions
Learn more about Coastal Vascular Center! Here are answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions.
What are the main benefits of having a procedure done at Coastal Vascular Center?
We are an outpatient clinic but all procedures are performed in a safe environment with highly skilled physician staff. Patients find it more convenient to come to our clinic because of our warm and inviting staff which provide more personalized care. Coastal Vascular Center specializes in concierge medicine and boutique-level patient care.
What is interventional radiology?
Interventional radiology and image-guided medicine is a specialized area of medical care that treats conditions and diseases in patients by threading minuscule tubes, known as catheters, through the organs and arteries of the body using x rays, ultrasound, MR and CT imaging to guide them. Interventional radiology allows healthcare specialists to better deliver treatment directly to disease sites, obtain biopsies, open blocked blood vessels, and complete a wide range of other procedures.
How long do vascular procedures take?
This completely depends on the specific procedure being performed for each patient. Dr. Ayar or other members of the Coastal Vascular staff can tell you exactly what to expect for your procedure. Preparation time can take up to one hour, and recovery times can range from 1-6 hours, again depending on the procedure. Interventional radiology procedures for the heart tend to have the longest recovery times.
Is there pain associated with the procedures?
In terms of pain management, patients are typically given topical medication along with intravenous sedation as required. Procedures performed are minimally invasive and pain is typically minimal.
What are the main benefits of interventional radiology?
Interventional radiology procedures are performed using tiny catheters or wires that enter the body through small incisions in the skin. These effective treatments are minimally invasive, which means patients are often in and out of the clinic on the same day. Recovery times are also much shorter, complications much less likely, and medical bills much lower.
Will I have to be put under?
Generally speaking, no. These procedures are designed to be minimally invasive and to minimize the time a patient has to spend as a patient in a clinic as opposed to a person living his or her life.
Frequently Asked Questions