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Femoral angiogram

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General advice for after your procedure

  • We will only discharge you home when we are confident the wound site is stable.
  • If when you arrive home the wound site begins to bleed heavily you must lie flat on the floor and get someone to press firmly on the wound for 10 minutes. If the bleeding continues, they must phone 999 for assistance.
  • You will need to keep the wound site clean and dry for the first 24 hours. You may shower the day after your procedure. However, refrain from submerging the wound in water for the next couple of days.
  • You may experience some discomfort around the wound area for a few days after the procedure. This is normal and you may take regular paracetamol. However, should the symptoms persist, contact your GP.
  • You may get a bruise which could take a few days to develop. This is normal (the bruise may appear from the top of the leg to the top of the knee).
  • If you notice any swelling, redness, warmth or oozing from the puncture site, this can indicate infection. Contact your GP.

For the next 48 hours

  • When standing up or sitting down, going up and down stairs, sneezing, coughing or laughing, please apply gentle pressure to the groin area to support it and prevent pain.
  • You must not drive as you are unable to perform an emergency stop.
  • You must avoid working.
  • You must avoid vigorous exercise, bending over or heavy lifting.

Contact details

Ward manager

Ward K2/ Cardiology service

Box: 263

Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Hills Road



Telephone: 01223 256233 (Monday to Friday 07:30-20:00.

We are smoke-free

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

Telephone +44 (0)1223 245151