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You had a procedure called renal angiography. This provides information about the blood vessels in your kidneys. During the procedure, a catheter (thin, flexible tube) was inserted into one of your blood vessels through a small incision. A dye was injected to make your blood vessels show up better on X-ray images. X-ray pictures were then taken. The procedure is usually done by a specially trained doctor called an interventional radiologist.
Don't drive until the day after the procedure.
Do only light and easy activities for 2–3 days after the procedure.
Avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks after the procedure.
Exercise according to your doctor’s recommendations.
Ask your doctor when you can return to work.
You can shower the day after the procedure. Do not swim or sit in a bath or hot tub until your incision has healed.
Take your medications exactly as directed.
Unless told otherwise, drink 6–8 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 your incision for signs of infection (redness, swelling, or warmth at the incision site) every day for a week.
Break the smoking habit. Enroll in a stop-smoking program to improve your chances of success.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
Constant or increasing pain or numbness in your leg
Fever above 100.0°F (37.8°C) or other signs of infection (redness, swelling, or warmth at the incision site)
Shortness of breath
A leg that feels cold or looks blue
Bleeding, bruising, or lots of swelling where the catheter was inserted
Blood in your urine
Black or tarry stools
Any unusual bleeding
Any changes in urine output