Preparing for Your Procedure
Important Pre-procedural Information
When you are scheduled for a vascular procedure, you will receive a call
from a pre-procedural screening nurse at Baton Rouge General. It is very
important that you follow the instructions given to you during your evaluation,
or by your doctor about arrival times, eating and taking medications before
a procedure. There may be guidelines that are specific to you, the procedure
you're having, and the doctor performing the procedure. Failure to
follow the instructions could lead to a delay or cancelation of your procedure.
Adult patients undergoing anesthesia should have nothing by mouth for a
minimum of 6 hours before their procedure.
There may be pre-procedural medication restrictions that are specific to
you, the procedure you're having, and the doctor performing the procedure.
You might be instructed to change dosage or discontinue use of certain
medications for a period of time before your procedure. It is very important
that you follow the instructions given to you during your pre-procedural
evaluation, or by your doctor.
Possible Medication Restrictions:
- Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and other anti-inflammatory medications
- Diabetes medications
- Vitamins and other dietary supplements
- High blood pressure medication
If you have questions about your medications, please call your doctor’s office.
What to Bring
Click here to view guidelines on what to bring the day of your procedure.
Click here to view visitation guidelines.
Follow your doctor’s recommendations for activity after you leave
the hospital. A nurse will contact you a couple days after your procedure
to check in and see how you are doing. Be sure to share any concerns or
questions you have.
If you decide you need
home care after your procedure, you will need to work with your care team who can
help make arrangements.
Please ensure you have arranged transportation with a friend or family
member to bring you home safely following your procedure. Sedation, anesthesia
and/or pain mediation may impair your ability to drive.
Your friend or family member will need to be present for discharge instructions.
Some other things to remember are to make sure any prescriptions you need
filled are arranged for and plan to have someone stay with you for 24
hours after your procedure even if you feel ok.