Q: What would you suggest in helping a patient choose the right vascular specialist for them? Based on their protocols and what they do during an intervention.
A: Yeah, I think that’s a great question. I think first and foremost you have got to be comfortable with your provider, doctor, surgeon, or interventionist. I think that’s very important and I think that already marks the success of the intervention, to begin with. I think if you’re comfortable and you feel like that person has been able to explain the procedure to you in a way that you can understand, that’s very valuable.
Every patient that I see, we talk before the procedure and I usually draw on the whiteboard. You can see my whiteboard behind me. Every pre-operative day I have a whiteboard and I draw the arteries. I say, “Listen, I looked at your ultrasound. These are your symptoms. This is my plan. This is what I’m thinking that we are going to do.” I just make sure that all of their questions are answered. I think that’s important.
For me, it’s important that the patient feels involved in the care as well. I want them to ask those questions. It’s always reassuring when a patient really is involved and wants to know about the balloon, what device I’m going to use, or how it works. I think that excites them more because I know they have done their research and they know why they’re here and what they’re up against.