What to Expect After the Procedure Warning Signs You must keep your head flat on the pillow following the procedure. Only a staff member can lift your head Call Dr. __________________________________________________ or go to the nearest hospital Emergency or slightly raise the head of your bed. Department if you have any of the following: You will be on bed rest, with the head of the bed raised no more than 30 degrees, for 4-6 hours after the cold or discoloured (blue) extremity (leg or arm) procedure. severe symptoms If you cough, laugh or sneeze or strain during the next 24 hours, place finger pressure over the puncture site. chills or fever (temperature higher than 38 ºC or 100.4 ºF) You must keep the affected leg straight, but you may bend the opposite leg up to decrease the pressure on swelling or bleeding at the puncture site your back. increasing headache, vision problems or loss of sensation (if you have had a cerebral or renal angiogram) Your blood pressure, heart rate, foot pulses and puncture site will be checked often. increasing pain in your abdomen or shoulder (if you have had a liver portography) If you have had a cerebral (brain) angiogram, the strength in your hands and feet as well as your pupil (eye) reaction to light will be checked. You will be encouraged to drink plenty of fluids to help your body remove the x-ray dye. Your IV will be removed when you are drinking well. If you have any numbness, tingling, temperature change or bleeding while you are resting, tell your nurse. You may have a bruise or small lump at the site. It usually disappears in a few days but may persist for 2 weeks. Please tell your nurse right away if you feel any of the following: warmth, wetness or pain at the dressing site change in feeling in your leg or foot (numbness, tingling, pain) back discomfort extreme itchiness shortness of breathDischarge Instructions Rest at home for the remainder of the day. Do not bend your leg at the groin puncture site for 24 hours. Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for 48-72 hours. Resume your normal diet. You may remove the pressure dressing or bandage when you shower in 24 hours. Do not soak in the tub for 1 week or until the groin puncture site is healed. Increase your fluid intake for 48 hours after the procedure. If your puncture site should bleed or ooze at home, lie down and press firmly on the puncture site with your fingertips for 10 minutes. Once the bleeding has stopped, have someone drive you immediately to the nearest hospital Emergency Department, or call 911 for an ambulance if you are alone. It is important to see a doctor so the cause of the bleeding can be found. Follow your doctor’s instructions about follow-up and/or further treatment. This material is designed for information purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please consult your doctor or appropriate health care professional.