You’ll be asked to stop eating or drinking anything the night before your procedure. Your doctor may also tell you to stop taking certain medications the day of your procedure, and give you instructions to wash your chest with a special soap to help prevent infection. You’ll arrive several hours before the procedure, so lab tests can be done, a medical history and review of medications taken, to give your skin a final wash and so that an IV can be placed. You’ll also get an antibiotic before the start of your procedure to help prevent infection.
You’ll notice that the procedure room is kept at a cool temperature and full of equipment. You’ll get onto a narrow table with help of staff. A representative from the company that makes the device will be in the room, too, to assist your doctor. Once again, your chest and neck will be washed. The soap is tinted; that will wash off afterwards.
Most procedures take 1 to 2 hours, but the total length of time depends on your particular situation and needs. Either an anesthesiologist or a nurse will sedate you; you’ll either fall asleep or be awake, but relaxed and drowsy. During parts of the procedure, you may feel some pushing on your shoulder, but little pain.