Discharge Instructions for Hepatic Angiography
You had a procedure called hepatic angiography. This is an X-ray study of the blood vessels that supply your liver. During the procedure, a catheter (thin, flexible tube) was inserted into one of your blood vessels through a small incision. A specially trained doctor called an interventional radiologist usually does the procedure. Here's what to do at home afterward.
- Follow your doctor's recommendations on when it is safe to drive after the procedure.
- Rest according to your doctor's instructions after the procedure. Most people are able to resume normal activity within a few days.
- Don't lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 3 to 4 days.
- Avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks after the procedure.
- Exercise according to your doctor's recommendations.
- You can shower the day after the procedure.
- Ask your doctor when it is safe to swim or take a bath.
- Take your medications exactly as directed. Don't skip doses.
- Unless directed otherwise, drink 6 to 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 the place where your incision was made for signs of infection (redness, swelling, or warmth) every day for a week.
- Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
- If you have stitches or staples, see your doctor to have them removed 7 to 10 days after your procedure.
- Ask your doctor when you can return to work.
When to call your doctor
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
- Constant or increasing pain or numbness in your leg
- Fever above 100.4?F (38.0?C)
- Signs of infection at the place where the incision was made (redness, swelling, or warmth)
- Shortness of breath
- A leg that feels cold or looks blue
- Bleeding, bruising, or a large swelling where the catheter was inserted
- Blood in your urine
- Black or tarry stools
- Any unusual bleeding