BEFORE your procedure
Please follow all instructions carefully.
If you have any questions, you may call our office at 321-400-1220.
If pre-testing is required you will be made aware during your consultation.
Do not eat any solid food after midnight on the night before your procedure. You may drink clear liquids (such as water with your medications).
Most people can continue to take their prescribed medicines, with the following exceptions:
If you are diabetic and take insulin, ask your doctor about modifying your insulin dose for the day of your procedure.
If you take Glucophage or Glucovance, DO NOT take it on the morning of the procedure or 48 hours after your procedure. Your personal physician must be notified of the test and the need to stop the medication. A blood test may be required before resuming the medication.
If you take a blood thinner such as Coumadin or Plavix you typically must stop this medication 5 days prior to the procedure. However, this may vary depending on the procedure being performed.
If you take a blood thinner such as Lovenox, you typically will hold this medication 24 hours prior to the procedure.
If you are taking any anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Aleve, Motrin), you typically will hold this medication 5 days prior to your procedure.
If you are allergic to contrast (X-ray dye), call our office at 321-400-1220 for further instructions. We can then plan to take precautions for the procedure by prescribing medications prior to the procedure.
THE DAY of your procedure
You may need to remove your jewelry and any dentures or partials.
PLEASE LEAVE YOUR VALUABLES AT HOME.
Before most procedures, you will be given a beautiful gown and robe to wear and an intravenous (IV) line will be placed in one of your veins. The IV will be used to give you fluids and medicines during the procedure and it will stay in place until you go home. You will stay in our center for 1-2 hours after the procedure is completed.
There are many steps necessary to complete your procedure on your scheduled day. We strive to provide the best service and results for all of our patients, so please understand should there be any delays.
IF YOU RECEIVE SEDATION FOR YOUR PROCEDURE, SOMEONE MUST DRIVE YOU HOME AFTERWARDS.
AFTER your procedure
You may continue taking your prior medications unless directed by Drs. Dunfee or Kennedy. We will prescribe you any additional medications as necessary. Drink plenty of fluids and resume your regular diet.
Any puncture sites should be kept clean and dry. You should wait to the following morning to shower or bath. Most bandages should be removed after you shower.
We recommend you hold on any strenuous exercise, activity, or lifting for at least 48 hours to ensure a complete recovery. Most importantly, relax and take it easy! DO resume taking pain medication and anti-inflammatories when you go home.