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Peripheral angiography and peripheral intervention

Caring for yourself and your puncture site

  • Ensure that someone stays with you overnight.
  • After discharge, general mobility is not restricted; however, do not participate in any strenuous activity, heavy lifting (anything greater than 1 kg), gardening or sport for 48 hours.
  • When you shower the day after the procedure, remove the clear plastic dressing and give the site a gentle wash.
  • On the day of the procedure, if you need to laugh, cough, sneeze or pass urine in bed, please apply pressure to the puncture site (particularly groin site).
  • See your GP within one week after discharge.
  • Do not drive on the day of discharge, but you can drive the next day.
  • Unless instructed otherwise, drink plenty of water (not tea, coffee or alcohol as these act to dehydrate you) to flush your kidneys of the dye used in the procedure.
  • Return to your normal healthy diet.
  • If you have any questions regarding today’s procedure contact the Mater Private Hospital Brisbane CardioVascular Unit on 07 3163 6700 or Qscan 07 3357 0361 or 07 33570333.

Please see your GP or go to the nearest emergency department if you experience any of the following at your puncture site:

  • bleeding from the puncture site. Lie down, apply pressure directly to the site and call for assistance (an ambulance may be necessary)
  • ooze from the puncture site
  • an increase in swelling at the site
  • an increase in redness at the site
  • excessive bruising at the site
  • an increasing lump or hardness under the skin at the site
  • an increase in pain or discomfort at the site.

Please see your GP or go to the nearest emergency department if you experience any of the following in the affected limb:

  • altered sensation in your leg, foot or hand (if wrist approach). For example: numbness or pain
  • change of colour in your leg, foot or hand (if wrist approach). For example: darkish red or bluish white
  • a change in the temperature of your leg, foot or hand (if wrist approach).
Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: HOSP-005-00764
Last modified 12/11/2015.
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