Arthrogram: Caring for your child at home after the procedure

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.

Bathing

Your child may have a bath or shower 24 hours after the procedure.

Meals

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.

Pain relief

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®).

Activity

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.

Results

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.

Key points

  • 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.

​Joao Amaral, MD

Candice Sockett, RN(EC), MN:APN

3/27/2013

At SickKids:

If you have any concerns in the first 48 hours, call the IGT clinic during working hours at (416) 813-6054 and ask to speak to an IGT nurse. 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.




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