Your child has had an angioplasty. This brochure explains how to care for your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help.
When to see a doctor
Call your child's doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department right away if your child has any of the following:
- fever greater than 38°C (100.4°F)
- pale and tired with localized pain in the treated area
- throwing up (vomiting) that does not stop
- severe pain in the groin where the catheter was inserted
- bleeding or swelling in the groin
- a growing bruise around the groin
- change in the colour or temperature of the foot on the side of the body where the catheter was inserted; for example, the foot turns a pale blue or is cool to touch
Post Angioplasty Medication
Your child may require blood thinners, such as ASA (Aspirin®), after the angioplasty. Speak with your child's doctor to see if your child needs medication.
If your child has a dressing or bandage on, you can remove it after 24 hours.
Your child may have a bath or shower the day after the angioplasty. By this time, the dressing may be taken off, and the catheter entry site may be gently washed with soap and water.
If needed, give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for pain. Do not give your child any medicines that will thin the blood, such as ASA (Aspirin®) or ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®), without checking with a nurse or your child's doctor first.
After the angioplasty, your child will need to stay relaxed and comfortable. Your child will need to stay home from school or day care, and avoid physical activity for 48 hours. Your child may return to school 48 hours after the angioplasty. Also, your child will need to avoid playing sports (gym, riding a bike, playing in the park) for at least 14 days after the angioplasty. If you require a note excusing your child from any school or sport activity, your child's doctor can provide one for you.
If your child is feeling well enough after the anaesthetic, they can return to eating what they normally eat. It is also important to encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids for 48 hours after the procedure.
- Your child's procedure required the use of X-rays.
- Radiation side-effects are extremely unlikely, but can occur.
- Please check your child's skin in the area of the procedure for signs of redness or rash 2-4 weeks from today. Please call (416) 813-6054 and ask to speak to an IGT clinic nurse if this occurs.
- If your child has a fever over 38°C (100.4°F), is pale, tired and has severe pain in the treatment area, call your child's doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
- Remove your child's bandage after 24 hours.
- Give your child Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for pain.
- Your child should avoid any physical activity for 14 days after the angioplasty.
- If your child has bleeding or swelling around the groin, a growing bruise or a change in the colour of the foot or hand on the side of the body where the catheter was inserted, call (416) 813-6054 during business hours and ask to speak to a clinic nurse.
- If you need assistance after 4 p.m., please go to the nearest Emergency Department. If you need to speak to a doctor, call (416) 813-7500 and ask to speak to an interventional radiologist on call.