In most cases, patients stay in the hospital for one to two days after an angioplasty. When you leave the hospital to continue your angioplasty recovery, you should be given specific wound care instructions and discharge instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any other restrictions. You will need to avoid physical exertion or strenuous activity for one to two weeks after balloon angioplasty.
Beginning Your Angioplasty RecoveryAfter your angioplasty, recovery will begin in the recovery room. Here your condition will be monitored closely.
While resting, you will be asked to keep your leg or arm straight. You will also be encouraged to drink fluids. This helps flush the dye from your system and should increase your need to urinate.
At this time, you may continue to receive IV drugs (such as blood thinners) to prevent blood clot formation in your body.
Your leg or arm may begin to feel sore when the numbing medicine wears off at the catheter entry site. Keep in mind that pain medicine can be given if you feel discomfort. The introducer will remain in place until your doctor feels that you are recovering well.
At this point, the introducer will be removed, and pressure will be applied to the catheter entry site. Various techniques and devices are used to stop any bleeding from the site.
Depending on how well your recovery is going, you can expect your in-hospital stay after the procedure to last from one to two days.
Remember that your healthcare providers want you to recover without any problems, so be sure to report anything that feels abnormal or "not right."
Continuing Your Angioplasty Recovery at HomeWhen you leave the hospital to continue your angioplasty recovery, you should be given specific wound care instructions and discharge instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any other restrictions. Your healthcare providers will also go over any symptoms that require immediate medical attention.
Your doctor may recommend lifestyle alterations, such as changes in diet, activity, and smoking habits.