Embolectomy and Thrombectomy

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These discharge instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after you leave the hospital. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices available, but unavoidable complications sometimes occur. If you have any problems or questions after discharge, call your caregiver.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • You will probably be put on blood thinners. Take them as directed.

  • Tell your caregiver about any unusual bruising or bleeding, blood in your urine, blood in your stools, or if you are vomiting blood. Blood in the stools may be black and tarry or red.

  • Keep your follow-up appointments to check how thin your blood is.

  • Change your bandages (dressings) as instructed.

  • Do not swim, bathe, or shower except as allowed by your caregiver.

  • Do not smoke.

  • Use alcohol only as allowed.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have bleeding from the surgical site.

  • You have a sudden pain in the foot, leg, hand, or arm.

  • You have sudden abdominal pain.

  • You have a sudden facial droop, weakness on one side of your body, or trouble speaking.

  • You have bloody stools.

  • You vomit blood.

  • You suddenly feel short of breath, weak, or dizzy.

  • You have chest pain.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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