Preparing for Procedures

At VP Cardiology caring specialists work together to bring you a smooth and seamless outpatient surgery experience.

From pre-registration through surgery and recovery, you can expect excellent health services and highly coordinated care.

Before surgery

Undergoing an advanced cardiac diagnostic study or treatment procedure can be an anxious experience. The information contained here is designed to give you the best possible start in getting ready for a study or procedure.

If you have any concerns or questions that are not answered here, please talk to your cardiologist or doctor.

After surgery

 Total bed rest is needed after the procedure. You will need to lie still for up to six hours before getting up. The most important thing to remember is not to bend the leg on the side of the puncture site.

  • You must use the urinal or bedpan for elimination until the doctor allows you to get up.
  • If you sneeze or cough, press your fingers over the groin area.
  • The nurse will check your vital signs and the insertion site frequently.

The procedure may be performed from the arm at the wrist or elbow, your doctor will decide the best approach. If the arm is used, then limited activity of the arm is necessary for 4-6 hours.