Discharge Instructions for Renal Angiography

Discharge Instructions for Renal Angiography

You had a procedure called renal angiography. This provides information about the blood vessels in your kidneys. During the procedure, a catheter (thin, flexible tube) was inserted into one of your blood vessels through a small incision. A dye was injected to make your blood vessels show up better on X-ray images. X-ray pictures were then taken. The procedure is usually done by a specially trained doctor called an interventional radiologist.

Home Care

  • Don't drive until the day after the procedure.

  • Do only light and easy activities for 2–3 days after the procedure.

  • Avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks after the procedure.

  • Exercise according to your doctor’s recommendations.

  • Ask your doctor when you can return to work.

  • You can shower the day after the procedure. Do not swim or sit in a bath or hot tub until your incision has healed.

  • Take your medications exactly as directed.

  • Unless told otherwise, drink 6–8 glasses of water a day to prevent dehydration and to help flush your body of the dye that was used during your procedure.

  • Take your temperature and check your incision for signs of infection (redness, swelling, or warmth at the incision site) every day for a week.

  • Break the smoking habit. Enroll in a stop-smoking program to improve your chances of success.


Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Constant or increasing pain or numbness in your leg

  • Fever above 100.0°F (37.8°C) or other signs of infection (redness, swelling, or warmth at the incision site)

  • Shortness of breath

  • A leg that feels cold or looks blue

  • Bleeding, bruising, or lots of swelling where the catheter was inserted

  • Blood in your urine

  • Black or tarry stools

  • Any unusual bleeding

  • Any changes in urine output