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Post-Op Instructions

The Texas Cardiac & Vascular Institute takes pride in providing the highest level of patient care possible. Since each patient is unique, we will provide every patient with instructions specific to your procedure and medical history.

After your procedure: 

  • You will be taken to the recovery unit until you are stable where specially trained nurses will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.
  • You may spend a couple of hours recovering before you are released.
  • You will receive verbal and written discharge instructions.

Additionally, Please Remember:

  • Do not drive for the next 24 hours or more, as directed by your physician. Someone should stay with you for 24 hours following the procedure.
  • Plan to go home directly and rest for the remainder of the day.
  • Some discomfort, discoloration and a small knot at the puncture site is normal. Keep the puncture site clean and dry. Remove the dressing in 24 hours.
  • Follow your physician’s instructions regarding diet, rest and medication.
  • Contact your doctor for follow-up visits as needed.

When to call your doctor or nurse:

For questions or problems related to your procedure, please call your physician’s office. In a life-threatening emergency, always call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. 

Please call immediately if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Bleeding from the access site
  • Numbness, tingling or color change in the leg or arm used for puncture site
  • Fever, 101 degrees or more
  • Shaking chills
  • Blood in your bowel movement or urine
  • Uncontrolled nausea and vomiting
  • Uncontrolled diarrhea
  • Drowsiness, confusion, or an inability to awaken
  • Redness, swelling, heat, drainage from any wound or venous access device or any disruptions at the puncture site