After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Healthcare
staff will watch the blood flow and feeling in your leg where the injection catheter
put in. A nurse will check your vital signs and the injection site.
You will stay flat in bed in a recovery room for several hours after the procedure.
The leg or arm on the side of the injection site will be kept straight for up to 12
may be given pain medicine for pain or discomfort at the injection site.
You will be urged to drink water and other fluids to help flush the contrast dye from
You may go back to your usual diet and activities after the procedure, unless your healthcare
provider advises you otherwise.
After recovery, you may go back to your hospital room or discharged to your home.
If this procedure was done as an outpatient, plan to have someone drive you home.
at home, check the injection site for bleeding. A small bruise is normal. So is an
occasional drop of blood at the site.
the leg or arm for changes in temperature or color, pain, numbness, tingling, or loss
Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and to help pass the contrast dye.
may be told to not do heavy activity and not to take a hot bath or shower for a period
of time after the procedure.
Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these happen:
- Fever or chills
- Increased pain, redness, swelling, or bleeding or other drainage from the groin
- Coolness, numbness, tingling, or other changes in the affected arm or leg
Your healthcare provider may give you other instructions after the procedure, depending
on your situation.