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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 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.

Home care

  • 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.

Follow-up care

  • 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


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