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