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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 thin, flexible tube (catheter) was put into one of your blood vessels through a small incision. A specially trained healthcare provider called an interventional radiologist often does the procedure. These healthcare providers use minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases. Here’s what to do at home after your procedure.

Home care

  • Don't drive until your healthcare provider says it is safe to do so.

  • Rest as directed by your healthcare provider. Most people are able to go back to their normal activity within a few days.

  • Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 3 to 4 days.

  • Don't do any strenuous activity for 2 weeks.

  • Exercise per your healthcare provider’s recommendations.

  • You can shower the day after the procedure.

  • Ask your healthcare provider when it is safe to swim or take a bath.

  • Take your medicines exactly as directed. Don’t skip doses.

  • Unless directed otherwise, drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day to prevent dehydration. It will also help flush your body of the dye that was used during your procedure.

  • Take your temperature every day for a week. Also check the place where your incision was made for signs of infection (redness, swelling, or warmth)..

Follow-up care

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

  • If you have stitches or staples, see your healthcare provider in 7 to 10 days to have them removed.

  • Ask your healthcare provider when you can go back to work.

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these:

  • Constant or increasing pain or numbness in your leg

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

  • Chills

  • 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

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Cunningham RN BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Neil Grossman MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Turley Jr PA-C
Date Last Reviewed: 8/1/2020
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