Your child has had an arthrogram. 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)
- severe pain at the injection site
- numbness or weakness in the leg or arm where the procedure was done that lasts more than 24 hours
- little movement in the arm or leg where the procedure was done
- leakage at the site of the needle insertion
Be sure to let the Emergency Department staff know that your child had an arthrogram.
Your child may have a bath or shower 24 hours after the procedure.
If your child is not feeling nauseous they can eat what they normally eat after the procedure. It is also important to encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids for 48 hours after the procedure.
It is not uncommon to experience pain or soreness at the side of the injection. After the injection, you should apply ice packs to the injection site for no longer than 20 minutes at a time. Repeat the ice pack treatment 4 to 6 times as needed. Additionally, you can give them acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®).
Your child should relax and not use the arm or leg that was injected for 24 hours after the procedure. After 24 hours they can go back to regular activity.
The results of the procedure will be sent to your family doctor or referring doctor. You should arrange a follow-up appointment with them to discuss the results.
- If your child has a fever over 38°C (100.4°F), severe pain, weakness, numbness, or little movement in the treated arm or leg, call your family doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
- Remove your child's bandage after 24 hours.
- Give your child Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®) for pain.
- Your child should avoid any physical activity for 1 day after the arthrogram.
- If you have concerns and it is after working hours, see your family doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department or call the Hospital for Sick Children switchboard at (416) 813-1500 and ask them to page your specialist or the interventional radiologist on call.