My insurance was covering the Provigal. If your Neuro prescribes it they may cover it. Truthfully I have been taking it for a while and it may just still be in my system, but we will see.
From the start:
Start in the IR check in,In the basement of ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER. like a clinic check in area. They get all youir info. Then you are called in, they take you down the hall into a new area where you are in 1 of several "rooms" seperated by curtain. You have to get full naked, and put on the gown of shame
The nurse(s) come in and put an IV in your hand. They dont give you anything yet though. The two I had were a riot. It was like being at a comedy club ! I laughed my butt off.
A Russian DR stopped in and asked a few ?, answered a few and justed BSed a few minutes. He is learning under Siskin
Sat around for another hour or so, spoke with Siskin, used restroom 1 last time (I recommend it) and shortly after was rolled in to the room where they do the procedure. They hook up the goofy juice, shave the groin area where they have to access the Femeral vein, set up the imaging machine and seem to talk with you a bit until you are in dreamland.
About the shaving thing. If I have to do it again I will ask the doctor if it is OK for me to shave myself the morning of the procedure. The lady was not thorough enough and the bandage sticks to the reamaining hair a bit when you go to remove it
What was a very nice younger female Dr
came in and started the procedure. After that I was in lala land. Then I heard Siskin ask me to hold my breath a couple times and the next thing I knew I was in that small curtained off room again. The nurses came back and took out the IV. I am telling you these two were a riot. The young Dr came and said Hi. Nurses ask if any changes. Siskin comes in says Hi asks how things are going. Explained to me that the narrowing/stenosis in all 4 areas was mild. All balooning: lower r and l jugs, upper right (behind the ear) and Azygus.
You have to lay still for another hour or so and then you can leave. I was given a script for 3 months Plavix and a pain med if needed.