Preparing for Your Vascular Access Services Appointment

Preparing for Your Appointment

Arriving for Your Appointment

Please arrive at our center from 45 minutes to an hour before your appointment time to pre-register and to complete the in-take process.  Your appointment time is the actual time of your procedure. If you are going to be late or are unable to make your appointment, please call 408-225-2005 to let us know or to reschedule. We will be happy to reschedule your appointment for a date and time that best fits your schedule.

Bring your insurance card(s) and driver license with you to your appointment.

Blood Thinners

If you are taking a blood thinner (Warfrin, Coumadin, Plavix, Eliquis, etc.), stop taking it three days before your procedure unless your physician instructs you otherwise.

Anesthesia

Most vascular access procedures involve the use of mild anesthesia. Please follow these guidelines, accordingly.

  • Do not eat or drink within eight hours of your appointment. 
  • You can, however, continue to take your regularly prescribed medications with a small sip of water on the morning of the procedure. 
  • You should not drive a vehicle for 12 hours after the procedure. You will need to make transportation arrangements prior to arriving at Tri-County Vascular Care for your procedure. If you do not have someone to drive you, please contact our center for assistance with transportation arrangements.

Insulin Usage

If you have an insulin prescription, get instructions from your physician as to the appropriate dosage to take prior to and the day of your procedure, and instructions for checking your blood sugar level during that period of time.

How to Dress for Your Visit and What to Bring

We recommend that you wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing. Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater. Our center is air-conditioned and can get cold in some areas. We will provide you with a light snack following your procedure. If there are specific items you need, please bring them with you to the appointment.

Request an Appointment

Complete the form to request an appointment with Tri-County Vascular Care. A representative will contact you within 24 hours to review your medical information and schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.