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 inserted into one of your blood vessels through a small incision. A specially trained doctor called an interventional radiologist usually does the procedure. These doctors use minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases. Here’s what to do at home after your procedure.

Home care

  • Follow your health care provider's recommendations on when it is safe to drive after the procedure.

  • Rest according to your health care provider'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 health care provider’s recommendations.

  • You can shower the day after the procedure.

  • Ask your health care 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 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 health care provider to have them removed 7 to 10 days after your procedure.

  • Ask your health care provider when you can return to work.

When to call your health care provider

Call your health care provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Constant or increasing pain or numbness in your leg

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

  • 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