That doesn't sound too bad. Did they go in the femoral veins or arteries? With my ablations they used the veins and all I needed was pressure on the sites to seal them up. In some cases they use the arteries and they may use a plug in the incisions. That plug disappears after awhile. Some folks develop rather large hematomas after a cath and that takes quite awhile to dissolve and disappear.
Just watch for increased swelling, redness, heat at the site and/or fever. If you have any of those, call your doctor.
I"m sure your 49 Ford PIckup has a flathead eight in it. Sweet memories of my first car, not a pickup. I'd love to see you post a picture of it on your avatar, and I'll bet it would get Ed's attention as well!
I've had a lot of caths using the arteries, but only once was the Angioseal used. The size of the lump would indeed be a concern to me, I've never seen that. I'd certainly contact your doctor.
Following your angiogram an Angio-Seal device which is made of collagen has been used to plug the puncture site in your artery.
see it here http://www.sjmprofessional.com/Products/US/Hemostasis-anagement/Angio-Seal-VIP.aspx
The body naturally absorbs the collagen plug in approximately 90 days, during this time carry your patient information card with you at all times.
You may feel a lump in your groin or mild tenderness at this site.
If you experience constant tenderness at the groin site contact your GP.
If severe bleeding occurs at the puncture site, lie down and apply firm pressure. Ring 999 and return immediately to your nearest Accident & Emergency Department.
If you experience loss of sensation, numbness or swelling of limb through which angiogram performed visit your local Accident & Emergency Department.
Refrain from heavy activity/ lifting/ strenuous exercise for approximately 1 week, and remain off work for 2 to 3 days.
It is advisable to drink plenty of fluids, especially water over the next few days; this will assist with flushing the dye out of your body.
It is advisable to refrain from the consumption of alcohol for 24 hours.
You may shower but avoid baths for 4 days.
Sometimes bruising of the groin, leg or abdomen may occur and a lump may be present for several weeks. If you feel pain or the lump enlarges see your GP.
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