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Catheterization - Discharge Instructions

Caring for Your Insertion Site


The insertion site may be tender and appear bruised. You may also notice a small lump under the skin. The site will be covered with a dressing.

  • Leave the dressing in place for 24 hours after discharge.
  • After 24 hours, remove the dressing gently and wash the insertion site with soap and water every day until it heals. You may cover it with a bandage or leave the site open to air.
  • If the artery was stitched, or a collagen plug used, you will receive special instructions from your nurse at the time of discharge.

Activity and Medications

  • Limit your activity during the first 24-48 hours, or as directed by your doctor.
  • Avoid strenuous activities such as lifting, mowing, vacuuming or participating in sports. It is important not to lift any excessive weight in the post-procedure      period. Your doctor will discuss this with you prior to your discharge.
  • You can generally resume normal sexual activity in three to five days.
  • Take all medications as prescribed. Report any side effects to your doctor. Do not stop taking any prescribed medication unless you have visited with your doctor or cardiologist.
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