After Your Procedure

If your procedure was interventional (such as angioplasty or stenting), you’ll be admitted to Bay Area Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit for an overnight stay.  In some emergency cases, patients are transported to a larger facility such as PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. 

In most cases, however, you’ll return to the Pre-Post Unit after your procedure.  You’ll be instructed to lie flat while our staff monitors your circulatory system, the site of your catheter insertion, and your overall well-being. Your family will be welcome to join you in your room as soon as you say you’re ready. 

You’ll stay in the pre-post unit about three to six hours. When you’re able to walk, we’ll start making arrangements to send you home. We’ll give you instructions about what you should and shouldn’t do after you leave the hospital. 

You’ll need a ride home and a responsible person to stay with you for the next 24 hours. Because you’ve been sedated, you must not drive or sign legal documents for 24 hours after your procedure.

You should expect some bruising around the site where your catheter was inserted. But if you notice moderate to heavy bleeding, or sudden swelling under the skin, apply pressure an inch above the puncture site; then go to the Emergency Department or call 911 immediately.

If any questions arise after you leave the hospital, feel free to call us at 541-269-4150.

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