What To Expect The Day of Your Peripheral Vascular Surgery at Our Outpatient Endovascular Surgery Suite
Welcome to The Vein & Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay. On the day of your outpatient endovascular surgery you should come to The Vein & Vascular Institute accompanied by a friend or family member because you will be put under light sedation and you will be unable to drive yourself home. And in the event that no one can accompany you, please remember that we do offer transportation for outpatient surgery.
Upon entering our office, you will proceed to the reception desk where you will be asked to sign in and present your ID and insurance card. You will also be asked to fill out and sign the necessary paperwork. Please remember that you can download the necessary patient forms from our website, print them out, fill them in and bring them with you on the day of your surgery. This will help you speed up the registration process.
After registration our surgical technician will come to greet you in the waiting room and escort you to the pre-op room of our endovascular suite, where you will be prepared for surgery.
You will be instructed to change into a surgical gown and socks. Please note that no undergarments should be worn under the gown and the gown should be left open in the back.
After you have changed into your gown, the nurse will come see you in the pre-op room to have you sign all the necessary forms, check your vital signs and insert the IV through which the sedative will be given.
Once the nurse is finished, the vascular surgeon will come talk to you in the pre-op room. He will discuss the endovascular procedure that will be performed and answer any questions you may have.
Following your talk with the vascular surgeon, you will be transported into the endovascular surgical room where you will be transferred onto the surgical table.
Once you are situated on the surgical table, the surgical technicians will use a prepping solution to sterilize you from your belly button to your mid-thigh area so you can be ready for surgery.
When you are ready for surgery, the vascular surgeon will enter the room to begin the endovascular surgery.
Through a tiny incision in your groin, the surgeon will perform an angiogram to help discover if you have any arterial blockage.
If blockage is found, an atherectomy procedure will be performed using an atherectomy device that sands away the calcium and plaque build-up that is causing the arterial blockage. In some cases a balloon angioplasty will also be performed and/or a stent will be placed to further widen the artery in order to restore healthy blood flow through the leg.
Recovery From Surgery
After surgery is complete, you will be transferred to the recovery room where you will recover for two hours.
While in the recovery room, the nurse will give you discharge instructions, and then the vascular surgeon will discuss the surgery results with you.
Discharge and Transportation
Once you are ready to leave our endovascular outpatient suite you could still be feeling the effects of the sedative that was given to you before surgery.
Since you may still feel sleepy, our surgical technician will transport you to your car. Please remember that you will not be able to drive and you will need a friend or family member to drive you home.
It is recommended that you go straight home and rest quietly, and for the 24 hours following your procedure, you should make sure to have a responsible adult taking care of you.
Thank you for choosing The Vein & Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay as your vascular health care provider.
If you have any questions about outpatient endovascular surgery at The Vein & Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay, please call (813) 377-2773.