Discharge Instructions for Renal Angiography
You had a procedure called a renal angiography. This imaging test checks the blood vessels in your kidneys. This procedure used a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. The catheter is inserted into one of your blood vessels through a small cut or incision. A dye is injected to make your blood vessels show up better on X-ray images. Then X-ray pictures are taken. Here’s what to do at home following this procedure.
Don't drive until the day after your procedure.
Do only light and easy activities for 2 to 3 days after the procedure.
Avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks after the procedure.
Exercise according to your healthcare provider's recommendations.
Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to work.
You can shower the day after your procedure. But don't swim or sit in a bath or hot tub until your incision has healed.
Take your medicines exactly as directed.
Unless told otherwise, drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. This will prevent fluid loss or dehydration. It will also help flush the X-ray dye out of your body.
Take your temperature and check your incision for signs of infection every day for a week. Check for redness, swelling, or warmth at the incision site.
Break the smoking habit. Join a stop-smoking program to improve your chances of success.
Make a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider, or as directed.
When to seek medical care
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:
Steady or increasing pain or numbness in your leg
Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
Signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or warmth at the incision site
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
Having more or less urine than normal (a change in urine output)