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
  • Allergies
  • Other medical conditions
  • Any recent illnesses

Before the MIIP

  • 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 can I expect?
  • 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
What should I expect after the MIIP?
  • 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:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Worsening bruising, swelling or pain where the procedure was done
  • Pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • If you have any concerns 

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