What can a patient expect on the day of a PAD procedure? [Dr. Donikyan]

Q: What can a patient expect on the day of a PAD procedure?

A: On the day of the procedure, we’ve already completed several tests to identify what it is that we’re going in to treat. We’ll know our plan of attack in terms of where our access is going to be and what tools that we will need. It is a straightforward and focused procedure. Patients arrive in our center early in the morning, and they’ll go through the intake process with our nurses including:

  • Past medical history
  • Medications
  • Review of all paperwork

Depending on what we’re doing,  if it’s not an involved case in terms of a very short lesion or something we need to treat, the procedure doesn’t take very long. Other procedures can be more time-consuming. On average, patients can expect somewhere between 1.5-2.5 hours on these procedures, and the recovery times are variable. Our patients will usually be in our recovery area about 2-2.5 hours post-procedure, but they are all same-day procedures. Recovery is typically a 24-hour period where we ask them to take it easy with no heavy lifting and no exertion, among other things. Then after 24 hours, it is business as usual. It’s a pretty easy course in terms of the procedure and recovery.

More videos from the interview with Dr. Donikyan of the Fishkill Endovascular Center as he describes the Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) procedure:

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