As part of your atherectomy recovery, you will spend a couple of days in the hospital. Once you are sent home, your doctor will explain any restrictions with regards to driving, activity level, medication, and other areas. While you may have a small amount of discomfort after surgery, your healthcare providers want your atherectomy recovery to go smoothly, so tell them if anything doesn't feel "right."
After your atherectomy, 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, and the introducer will still be in place. Pain medicine can be given if you feel any discomfort. The introducer will remain in place until your doctor feels that you are recovering well. At that 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.
Depending on your situation, you can expect your in-hospital stay after your atherectomy to last from one to two days.
Remember that your healthcare providers want your atherectomy recovery to proceed without any problems, so be sure to report anything that feels abnormal or "not right."
When you leave the hospital to continue your atherectomy recovery, you will be given specific wound-care instructions and discharge instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any other necessary restrictions. Your healthcare providers will also go over any symptoms that require immediate medical attention. Your doctor may recommend long-term lifestyle alterations, such as changes in diet, activity, and smoking habits.