After Your Procedure
You will be taken to the recovery unit where specially trained nurses will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. You may spend 2-4 hours recovering before you are released. You will receive verbal and written discharge instructions.
Additionally, Please Remember:
- Do not drive for the next 24 hours or more, as directed by your physician. Someone should stay with you for 24 hours following the procedure.
- Plan to go home directly and rest for the remainder of the day.
- Some discomfort, discoloration and a small knot at the puncture site is normal. Keep the puncture site clean and dry. Remove the dressing in 24 hours.
- Follow your physician’s instructions regarding diet, rest and medication.
- Contact your doctor for follow-up visits as needed.
When To Call Your Doctor or Nurse:
For questions or problems related to your procedure, please call your physician’s office. In a life-threatening emergency, always call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.
Please call immediately if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:
- Numbness, tingling, or color change in any extremity (arms or legs)
- Fever, 101 degrees or more
- Shaking chills
- Blood in your bowel movement or urine
- Uncontrolled nausea and vomiting
- Uncontrolled diarrhea
- Drowsiness, confusion, or an inability to awaken
- Redness, swelling, heat, drainage from any wound or venous access device or any disruptions at the puncture site
Bleeding, swelling, redness, heat or drainage from any wound, IV site, or puncture site