Patient Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I park?


Please see locations page for parking.




Preparing for your procedure in the Endovascular Laboratory


  1. You may need to have a pre-procedure clearance visit with your primary care physician. Please call them as soon as possible and make an appointment. Then, call our office and let us know when your appointment is scheduled. We will then fax over a request for all information we will need.
  2. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure.
  3. You may take your other routine morning medications the day of your procedure with a small sip of water only. You will be contacted if you need to stop any medication(s) prior to the procedure. Please check with the nurse.
  4. Stay well-hydrated the day prior to your procedure (for instance, drink 3 to 4 glasses of your normal non-alcoholic beverage throughout the day) UNLESS you are on fluid restrictions. If you are on a fluid-restricted diet (dialysis, congestive heart failure, etc.), then drink per your recommended diet.
  5. You must be accompanied by someone who can provide you with transportation and witness post operative instructions. They may leave during the procedure but must be present afterwards.
  6. Plan on staying at the office for at least 5 hours.
  7. Bring ALL YOUR MEDICATIONS with you the day of your procedure.
  8. Dress comfortably for your procedure and please leave all valuables at home or with a friend or relative.
  9. If you have Advance Directives, please bring a copy.

One of our nurses will contact you the day prior to the procedure.

*** Please call if you have any questions or concerns. ***




After your procedure at the Endovascular Laboratory


  1. Because your reflexes are diminished after receiving anesthetic drugs, for the next 24 hours:

    1. You should not operate a vehicle, hazardous machinery, or appliances

    2. You should not drink alcoholic beverages

    3. Avoid making any critical decisions

  2. You may eat anything, but is better to start with liquids, such as clear juice, soda, then soup and crackers and gradually work up to solid foods. Avoid spicy or greasy foods for 24 hours.

  3. Drink plenty of liquids, such as water, juice or non-alcoholic/caffeine-free beverages, unless you are on fluid restrictions. If you are not urinating a normal amount, call the office.

  4. Adult sponsor must be present to accompany the patient home and should remain with the patient for 24 hours.

  5. Once home, lie FLAT on your back keeping your puncture site leg straight.

  6. Avoid strenuous activity such as running up stairs, dancing, or lifting greater than 10 lbs for the next 5 days.

  7. If there is plastic dressing over the puncture site, you may shower. Do not soak in a pool, bath, or jacuzzi for 48 hours following the procedure. You may remove the dressing in 48 hours. Keep the site clean & dry.

  8. Watch for signs of infection which include redness, swelling, drainage at the puncture site, and/or fever.

  9. If the puncture site is sutured, the suture will need to be removed when you return to the office.

  10. If bleeding from puncture site occurs, lie down flat and keep the extremity straight, and apply firm, direct puncture over the puncture site and call your doctor immediately.

  11. Resume all prescription medications, as directed by your doctor.

  12. If a new prescription medication was given, it should only be taken as directed. If the doctor does not prescribe anything for pain, you may take a non-prescription, non-aspirin pain medication, such as Advil, or other ibuprofen medication.

  13. If you have problems relating to your surgery or develop any of the following: fever over 101, chills, heavy bleeding, inability to urinate after adequate fluid intake or any unusual occurrence, call your physician office. If you are unable to reach your doctor, you should go to the emergency room nearest your home.

    FOR EXTREME EMERGENCIES, CALL 911




What insurance do you accept?


We accept Medicare, PPO, and most major health plans. Please contact our offices to check if your health plan is contracted with our physicians.





 
 

UNIVERSITY VASCULAR ASSOCIATES

 

  Alhambra Office: 1411 S. Garfield Ave., Suite# 303, Alhambra, CA 91801; Phone: (626) 566-8105

Barstow Office: 121 Soth 7th Ave. Barstow, CA 92311; Phone: (760) 818-0018

Inglewood Office: 575 E. Hardy St., Suite# 322, Inglewood, CA 90301; Phone: (310) 673-6950​

Koreatown Office:  505 S. Virgil Ave. Unit# 101, Los Angeles, CA 90020; Phone: (213) 277-1884​

Marina del Rey Office: 4560 Admiralty Way, Suite#356, Marina del Rey, CA 90292; Phone: (310) 823-7314

Westwood Office: 1082 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles CA 90024; Phone: (310) 209-2011​

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