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Immediately after the procedure, the catheters will be removed and pressure will be applied to the insertion site to minimize or prevent bleeding; a bandage may be applied. It is important to remain still during this time and to not move or bend your leg.
Generally, you will stay in bed for some hours or overnight after the procedure for observation and go home the next day. Once you can get up and move around, you may feel stiff from lying still for so long.
At home, you will need to limit your activity for several days and avoid all strenuous physical activity. Most people can return to their normal routine within a few days.
It is common to have a small bruise or lump (about the size of a walnut) at the site of catheter insertion, but you should contact your doctor immediately if the spot becomes warm, tender, or painful, or if it swells. You should also contact your doctor immediately if you experience fever, dizziness, or any other symptoms.
Be certain to carefully follow your doctor’s instructions regarding any medications and follow-up appointments.