Frequently Asked Questions

An Interventional Radiologist is a medical doctor who has undergone additional years of subspecialty training in treating disease of the vascular system. They also receive special training in performing a variety of procedures using imaging to guide precision therapy. From vascular disease to chronic pain, Interventional Radiologists offer treatment options that are less invasive than the surgical alternatives.

Interventional procedures are typically covered by insurance. Please check with your insurance provider if you are considering an interventional radiology procedure, or call us at (858) 677-9957. We are happy to answer your insurance questions.

Most procedures take less than one hour to perform. Some procedures, like interventional pain management injections, can take as little as 15 minutes. The length of your specific procedure will be discussed with you during your consultation.

It depends on the treatment, but there is a small amount of pain in most procedures. This will be covered during your consultation.

No. General anesthesia is not used during the interventional radiology procedures performed at IHS. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area of the skin where the catheter or needle enters the body.

No. Interventional radiology procedures offered by IHS doctors are performed on an outpatient basis.

You will be given any special instructions prior to your procedure, and these will be discussed during your consultation. You may also take your scheduled medications unless otherwise advised by a member of our staff.

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