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Preparation for your Procedure

Welcome and thank you for choosing Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for your Vascular Lab procedure.  Our physicians and technologists are dedicated to providing highly skilled and compassionate care for you and your family.  We understand that you may be apprehensive about your procedure.  We hope the following information will be helpful to you as you prepare.

The Vascular Lab is on the 3rd floor of Memorial’s Main Building in M3011. 

We want to make your experience as comfortable as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to call your physician or the Vascular lab at 534-9667 between 7 AM and 11 PM.

Before Your Procedure

Your physician’s office will schedule the date and time of your appointment with Central Scheduling.  If you can’t remember when you are scheduled please call your physician or the Vascular Lab at (814) 534-9667 between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

The Day before your Procedure

Most of the testing done in the vascular lab does not require any special preparation.  If you have an abdominal duplex examination scheduled you will not be able to eat for 12 hours prior to the test. Please take all your regularly scheduled medications with a small amount of water. Please check with your physician about any diabetic medications you are on.

On the Morning of Your Procedure

Wear loose fitting, clean, comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Shower or bathe the morning of your procedure.  Please do not wear cologne or perfume.

Please bring any order that your physicians office provided for you.  If you were not contacted by pre-certification please bring your identification and insurance cards.  If you have questions about your insurance coverage or pre-certification, call your insurance company.  If you are not covered by insurance, please make arrangements for payment by calling the business office at 814-410-8470.

Children under 18 years of age or incapacitated adults must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  You may be accompanied by one adult family member or friend.  Children should not accompany adults having a procedure. 

When you arrive at the hospital on the day of your procedure, check in at the Vascular Lab on the 3rd floor in Memorial’s main building.  Take the glass elevators from the main lobby.  Sign in at the desk.

Healthcare professionals will be available in this area to make you comfortable and to answer your questions.  Your safety is our number one priority. 

The staff may ask you the same questions several times; they will ask your name and birth date. By repeating our questions, we are verifying and re-verifying very important information to ensure that your time with us is as safe as possible. 

You will be taken into the procedure room for one of the following procedures.  You may be asked to disrobe and put on a hospital gown for some procedures.

Noninvasive studies

You will be assisted onto the procedure table onto your back.  Depending on what area is being tested, Ultrasound conduction gel will be applied to your leg, groin, ankle, neck or arm. It may feel a little cool.  Then a transducer will be used to image your vascular system.  They may have to apply some pressure with the transducer to get a more accurate image. 

Abdominal aneurysm

You will be assisted onto the procedure table onto your back.  Ultrasound conduction gel will be applied to your abdomen. It may feel a little cool.  Then a transducer will be used to image your vascular system.  They may have to apply some pressure with the transducer to get a more accurate image. 

Carotids

You will be assisted onto the procedure table onto your back. Blood pressures will be taken in both arms. If you do not want to have these pressures taken due to prior surgery etc. please notify the technologist.  Ultrasound/conduction gel will be applied to your neck. It may feel a little cool.  Then a transducer will be used to image your vascular system.  They may have to apply some pressure with the transducer to get a more accurate image. 

Arterial Examination

You will be assisted onto the procedure table onto back. Blood pressure cuffs will be applied to your arms, legs, feet, and toes.  These cuffs will be inflated several times each to assess the circulation.

Raynaud’s Testing

You will be seated in a chair with your hands lying on a table in front of you. Small transducers will be fastened to your hands and/or feet and room temperature measurements are obtained. The hands and/or feet will then be placed into ice water for 3 minutes, withdrawn and measurements will be re-assessed for a period of five minutes.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Testing

You will be seated in a chair and small transducers will be attached to your fingers. You will then be assisted to hold your arms in various positions and circulation will be assessed.

TCPO2 Monitoring

You will be assisted onto the procedure table and small monitors will be attached to your chest, legs and/or feet. You must be able to lie still and quietly for 20 minutes.  This test will assess the pressure of oxygen at the skins surface and can help determine if wounds will heal.

After Your Procedure

Your time in the vascular lab will vary between 30 and 60 minutes per test depending on the procedure you are having done.  You will be discharged immediately.  Your results will be reviewed with you at your next physician’s office visit.  If your testing was ordered STAT by your physician, the technologist will provide a technical preliminary report to the ordering doctor and will relay any pertinent instructions which your doctor provides.