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IR Preprocedural Instructions

Covid Testing

A negative Covid-19 test must be obtained within five (5) days prior to your scheduled procedure. This may be either a PCR or antigen test.  This can be done at our office.  If you have an outside test, then the results must be faxed out and emailed to our office at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled procedure. If you feel sick (such as having a fever, cold, sore throat, or the flu) before your procedure, call your doctor in Interventional Radiology.

Ask about your medications

You may need to stop taking some of your medications before your procedure. Talk with your healthcare provider about which medications are safe for you to stop taking. Whether they recommend you stop taking the medication depends on the type of procedure you’re having and the reason you’re taking blood thinners. Don’t stop taking your blood thinner medication without talking with your healthcare provider. Some common examples of blood thinners are listed below:

Examples of Blood Thinners:

Clopidogrel (Plavix®)Cilostazol (Pletal®)Fondaparinux (Arixtra®)Rivaroxaban (Xarelto®)
Dabigatran (Pradaxa®)Dalteparin (Fragmin®)Heparin (injection)Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine®, Sulfazine®)
Apixaban (Eliquis®)Dipyridamole (Persantine®)Meloxicam (Mobic®)Ticagrelor (Brilinta®)
AspirinEdoxaban (Savaysa®)Prasugrel (Effient®)Tinzaparin (Innohep®)
Celecoxib (Celebrex®)Enoxaparin (Lovenox®)Pentoxifylline (Trental®)Warfarin (Jantoven®, Coumadin®)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) Ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®)Naproxen (Aleve®)

The Day Before Your Procedure  

Do not eat anything after midnight the night before your procedure. This includes hard candy and gum.

The Day of Your Procedure

You can drink a total of 12 ounces of water between midnight and 2 hours before your scheduled arrival time. Do not drink anything else.  Please take your regular medications unless otherwise instructed.

Do not drink anything starting 2 hours before your scheduled arrival time. This includes water.

Arrange for someone to take you home

You must have a responsible care partner take you home after your procedure. A responsible care partner is someone who can help you get home safely and report concerns to your healthcare providers, if needed. Make sure to plan this before the day of your procedure.

If you don’t have a responsible care partner to take you home, you may use an agency that can send someone to go home with you. There’s usually a charge for this service, and you’ll need to provide transportation. It’s OK to use a taxi or car service, but you must still have a responsible care partner with you.

For any questions related to your procedure please contact:
Phone = 516-407-6317
Fax = 516-407-6338



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