After the procedure, you will spend
several hours in a recovery room. You may be sleepy and confused when you wake up. Your
healthcare team will watch your heart rate, breathing, and other vital signs. You’ll be
given pain medicine if you need it.
You may need to lie flat without bending your legs for several hours after the procedure. This is to help prevent bleeding from the incision site. You may be able to go home the same day. Or you may need to stay in the hospital overnight. Your doctor will tell you more about what to expect. When you’re ready to go home, you’ll need to have a family member or friend drive you.
You may have some pain after the
procedure. You may notice a bruise where the catheter was put in. You can take
over-the-counter pain medicine if you need to. Get some rest and don't do strenuous
exercise for at least 24 hours.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:
- Swelling or pain at the incision site
that gets worse
- Fluid or blood leaking from the
incision site (usually your groin)
- Redness or warmth at the incision
- Chest pain
- Weakness on side of your body, or trouble speaking or
understanding what others say
Follow all of your healthcare provider’s instructions. This includes any advice about medicines, exercise, and wound care.
Your doctor may prescribe medicine to help prevent blood clots or spasm of your blood vessels. You also might need follow-up lab work or imaging of the area.
If you had symptoms from your carotid stenosis, these should go away after the procedure. In follow-up appointments, you’ll need to discuss your continued care. This includes ways to lower your risk for atherosclerosis.