Radial Site Care

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 more 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.


  • You may shower the day after the procedure. Remove the bandage (dressing) and gently wash the site with plain soap and water. Gently pat the site dry.

  • Do not apply powder or lotion to the site.

  • Do no t submerge the affected site in water for 3 to 5 days.

  • Inspect the site at least twice daily.

  • Do not flex or bend the affected arm for 24 hours.

  • No lifting over 5 pounds (2.3 kg) for 5 days after your procedure.

  • Do not drive home if you are discharged the same day of the procedure. Have someone else drive you.

  • You may drive 24 hours after the procedure unless otherwise instructed by your caregiver.

  • Do not operate machinery or power tools for 24 hours.

  • A responsible adult should be with you for the first 24 hours after you arrive home.

What to expect:

  • Any bruising will usually fade within 1 to 2 weeks.

  • Blood that collects in the tissue (hematoma) may be painful to the touch. It should usually decrease in size and tenderness within 1 to 2 weeks.


  • You have unusual pain at the radial site.

  • You have redness, warmth, swelling, or pain at the radial site.

  • You have drainage (other than a small amount of blood on the dressing).

  • You have chills.

  • You have a fever or persistent symptoms for more than 72 hours.

  • You have a fever and your symptoms suddenly get worse.

  • Your arm becomes pale, cool, tingly, or numb.

  • You have heavy bleeding from the site. Hold pressure on the site.