An angiogram is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your doctor to examine your arteries. Under local analgesia (you may be offered sedation) a needle is inserted into one or both arteries in your groin, your arm may be used instead if indicated. Wires and special sheaths are then inserted into the artery and move up into a position where the surgeon is able to inject a dye/contrast, when released x-rays are taken of the dye. This procedure allows the surgeon to examine the affected arteries and determine the exact point that requires treatment.
Day of Procedure
- Admission on the day to hospital
- Fasting for six hour prior to procedure
- Blood test may be required the day prior
- Pressure will be applied for about 10-15 min to the puncture site, shorter if a closure device is used.
- You will be asked to remain lying flat for 4 – 6 hours after which you can begin to mobilize gently
- You will be discharged from hospital on the same day unless otherwise instructed.
- Clinic appointment as request by your surgeon