Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • Take any medicine your caregiver prescribed for pain, nausea, or fever. Follow the directions carefully.

  • Ask your caregiver whether you can take over-the-counter medicines for pain or fever. Do not take aspirin unless your caregiver says that you should. Aspirin increases the chances of bleeding.

  • If you were given a small breathing device (incentive spirometer), be sure to use it. It helps keep your lungs clear while you are recovering. You will not need this after your activity level is back to normal.

  • You might have a slight fever for about 1 week after the procedure. If it gets worse, let your caregiver know.

  • You might feel tired and not hungry. This is normal. These feelings should go away in about 1 week.

  • Do not get the puncture site wet for the first few days after surgery or until your caregiver says it is okay.

  • You should be able to resume your normal routine in about 1 week.

  • During the first month after your procedure, you will probably need to go back to your caregiver for some simple tests. Scans and blood tests will help determine whether the procedure worked.


  • Blood or fluid leak from the wound, or the wound becomes red or swollen.

  • You become nauseous or throw up for more than 2 days after surgery.

  • Your pain or fever becomes worse than it was when you left the hospital.


You have a fever that gets worse or does not go away after 1 week.