Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some of the most often asked questions after a vascular procedure.
When Does The Dressing Come Off?
You may remove
the pressure dressing the next day. It is usually easiest to remove it
in the shower with soapy warm water, which helps take off the adhesive.
Apply a small adhesive bandage over the puncture wound for the first
two days, then leave the area open to air (change the bandage daily).
Will I have Any Bruising Or Permanent Scars?
bruising and even a small hard knot may occur. This will go away in
time. Unless otherwise instructed, you may take acetaminophen if the
area is painful. Notify your physician if you have any numbness or
excessive pain in the affected extremity.
Will This Procedure Cure My Problem?
vascular disease is caused by plaque buildup in the arteries
(arteriosclerosis). Currently, there is no cure for this disease.
However, your procedure should help alleviate pain and provide oxygen
to the tissues.
Should I Restrict My Activities?
You may resume
your normal activities unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
You may drive the day after the procedure. However, you cannot drive
yourself home, so please arrange in advance to have someone drive you
to and from the hospital. Daily walking is crucial to your well-being.
You should walk until you feel pain, stop and then resume walking. This
helps stimulate the growth of smaller arteries called collaterals.
What About My Diet?
Diet is very important in
the control of vascular disease. Although there is no cure for
arteriosclerosis, current research shows that a diet that is very low
in fats (no fried foods, very little meat and dairy products and lots
of fresh fruits, vegetables, cereals and breads) can help slow the
progression of blockage and in some cases, even reverse it.
Cardiovascular diagnostic and interventional procedures may cause
unexpected problems, but serious and life-threatening problems are
unusual. Your Florida Heart Group physician will discuss the potential risks and benefits in detail so you can both decide which treatment is best for you.