Division of Interventional Neuroradiology


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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What do I need to do the day before my procedure?
Where will I go throughout the day of my procedure?
Where can my family members wait for me during the day?
How will my family know if I am okay?
Will my hair fall out?
How long will I be in the Hospital?
What should I bring?


What do I need to do the day before my procedure?

It is mandatory that you have nothing to eat or drink for eight hours prior to the procedure. Required medications may be taken with a small sip of water only. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast materials, iodine, or shellfish, please contact our office immediately. If you are taking Glucophage or Glucovance for diabetes, please contact our office so that we may give you special instructions. (...outpatient instructions)

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Where will I go throughout the day of my procedure?

For an inpatient visit, a patient's day typically follows the following schedule:

  • All inpatients first check in with admissions on the 1st Floor of the hospital, Room 1314.
  • Admissions then directs you to the PTU/Admissions window, on the 2nd Floor, Room 2319, where you will check in with the radiology receptionist and wait for a nurse.
  • The nurse takes you to PTU where you will receive your anesthesia and wait to be taken into the procedure room.
  • After your procedure is completed, you will be taken to the patient recovery room where nurses will monitor you for one to two hours and then check you into your room.

Usually, our patients are located on 6 North. The number to the nurse's station is 310-267-7660. However, since our patients do not always go to 6N, we recommend that family members and friends call 310-825-8611 for exact room location.

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Where can my family members wait for me during the day?

Family members and friends who accompany you the day of your procedure may wait in the surgical waiting area located on the first floor in the main lobby. The phone number at that area is 310-267-9355.

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How will my family know if I am okay?

When your procedure is completed, the doctor will call the surgical waiting area and request to speak with the family. The doctor will discuss the outcome of the procedure with the family and when and where to visit the patient.

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Will my hair fall out?

Perhaps. The radiation exposure from the fluoroscopy machine, which is used during the Cerebral Embolization, Direct Puncture Embolization, and Balloon Test Occlusion, often causes patients to lose their hair in the back and around the side of the scalp. The hair generally comes out in clumps, which can be quite alarming to patients with long hair. THIS IS NOT PERMANENT!! Hair loss will stop in approximately six months.

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How long will I be in the Hospital?

Patients can usually expect a two-night stay in the hospital, although complications may demand longer.

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What should I bring?

Pack a small bag as you would for any overnight stay. We recommend a toothbrush, toothpaste, slippers, socks, underwear, reading material, and a change of clothes for the day you are discharged (you will probably be in a hospital gown for most of your stay). Please note that the hospital is not responsible for any items lost or stolen, so we strongly advise that you do not bring any valuables with you.

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