Care After

ExitCare ImageThese instructions give you information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your doctor may also give you more specific instructions. Call your doctor if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • Follow all your doctor's instructions.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Do not return to work or school until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Do not drive for the first 24 hours after the test.

  • Do not lift anything over 10 pounds (4.6 kg) for 1 week after the test.

  • Use ice over the places where the needles were put in, as needed, for the first 24 hours.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 4 to 6 times a day.

  • Keep the places where the needles were put in clean and dry.

  • Do not use powder or lotion on the sites.

  • Do not shower until 24 hours after the test. Remove all bandages before showering.

  • Do not soak your back in a bathtub or pool of water for the first 5 days after the test.

  • Remove all bandages at least once every day. Gently clean the sites with soap and water. Put on a new bandage. You can stop wearing bandages when the skin is closed.

Finding out the results of your test

Ask when your test results will be ready. Make sure you get your test results.


  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You are dizzy or you pass out (faint).

  • You have unusual pain that will not stop.

  • You keep feeling sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit).

  • You have a fever.

  • Any of the places where the needles were put in:

  • Are puffy (swollen) or red.

  • Are sore or feel hot to the touch.

  • Are draining yellowish-white fluid (pus).

  • Are bleeding after 10 minutes of pressing down on the site. Keep pressing on the place that is bleeding until you are seen by a doctor.


  • You understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.