What Are MIIPs? / How to prepare for a Minimally Invasive, Image-guided Procedure (MIIP)
What to talk about with your Interventional Radiologist or other MIIP specialist
- Risks, benefits, and alternatives to the procedure (including anticipated down time and potential side effects)
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking
- Don't forget to mention if you are on any blood thinners and aspirin
- Don’t forget to mention herbal supplements
- Don’t forget to mention recreational drugs and alcohol
- Other medical conditions
- Any recent illnesses
Before the MIIP
What can I expect?
- You will be told not to eat or drink anything for 6-12 hours before your MIIP
- You may be told that you can take your usual medications with a sip of water on the morning of your procedure.
What should I expect after the MIIP?
- You will change into a hospital gown
- A small intravenous (IV) line will be placed in your arm so you can get medicine
- You will be positioned on the imaging table. For most MIIPs, you will lie flat on your back
- Your skin where the procedure will be performed will be shaved (if necessary) and cleaned
- If your MIIP is done with moderate sedation, the nurse will give you medicine to make you drowsy
- Most MIIPs take 1-2 hours, but more complex MIIPs can take longer
- For most MIIPs, you will stay for 1-4 hours afterwards for observation then go home the same day
- For some MIIPs, you will stay the night and go home the next day
- You may have mild tenderness where the doctor was working
- Recovery and symptoms depend on the MIIP – ask your doctor for details
If any of these occur after your MIIP, call your doctor:
- Worsening bruising, swelling or pain where the procedure was done
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- If you have any concerns
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