Sedation Options For Vein Treatments
Most interventional radiological vein procedures are short and comfortable. Several vein treatment procedures, such as EVLT and microphlebectomy require sedation. Other procedures do not require sedation but you are welcome to request it if you are anxious about the treatment. Please let us know when scheduling the procedure if this is your preference. While there are risks associated with conscious sedation, these will be addressed in detail with you before the procedure and you will be carefully monitored by specially trained nurses and/or paramedics. Adverse reactions to conscious sedation are rare.
We employ two different types, or levels, of sedation:
This is the administration of medications, usually pills that are swallowed, for the reduction of anxiety. In this stage of sedation, you will be awake, but relaxed. You will have slightly slowed movements, have normal respirations, normal eye movement and intact protective reflexes. This is not general anesthesia, and you will not require assisted breathing in this type of sedation.
This is a medically controlled state of depressed consciousness. It can be produced with pills, but is more commonly produced with an injection of medication. In this stage of sedation, you will be sleepy, and have more noticeably slowed movements, but you can still respond when someone speaks to you. You are also able to maintain intact protective reflexes. This is not general anesthesia, and you will not require assisted breathing in this type of sedation.
If you are having conscious sedation, an ARA nurse or paramedic will contact you one or two days before your exam to discuss the sedation process with you. Please be prepared with a detailed list of medications you are taking and exact doses.
After the exam, you will be monitored until you show signs of being adequately recovered from the sedation before being allowed to leave. For light sedation, this usually takes less than 30 minutes after the exam. For conscious sedation, this usually takes a minimum of 30 or more minutes. You will be given written discharge instructions prior to leaving the center.