ASD or PFO closure Caring for yourself at home
You had an ASD or PFO closure on _________________ through the
right / left femoral vein
Care of the incision
▪ You may shower 24 hours after the closure. Remove the Band-Aid® over the
site before taking a shower.
▪ Gently clean the site with soap and water. Pat it dry. Cover the site with a
band aid. Do this for three days.
▪ Keep the site clean and dry.
Activities for the next 5 days
▪ Do not lift more than 10 pounds.
▪ Do not strain.
▪ No vigorous activity.
▪ Do not sit in a bathtub, hot tub, or go into a swimming pool.
▪ You should be able to eat normally the morning after the procedure.
▪ If feeling well the night of the procedure you may eat and drink.
▪ You may not feel hungry or feel nauseous the night of the procedure. This is
to be expected and will get better. We suggest a light diet the night of the
procedure if hungry.
What to expect
▪ Soreness or tenderness at the site. This may last for one week.
▪ Small amount of bloody drainage at the site.
▪ There may be a bruise at the site. This could take 2-3 weeks to go away.
▪ A small lump (dime to quarter size) may form at the site. This could last up to
What to do for minor pain
▪ You may take either Tylenol® every 4-6 hours or Motrin®/Ibuprofen every 6-
When and who to call
Call for emergency help:
▪ If bleeding or sudden swelling should occur at the site. Apply direct pressure
to the site and call for help. Continue to hold pressure until you get help.
▪ If your leg becomes numb, cold, or turns blue or you have severe pain.
Call the doctor right away if:
▪ You have any signs of infection.
▪ You have severe pain.
▪ You have chest pain, palpitations or increased shortness of breath.
Signs and symptoms of infection
▪ Redness, swelling or drainage at the site
▪ Prolonged pain
▪ Fever over 101® F for two readings taken 4 hours apart
Return to work/school
You may return to work/school on __________________________________.
You will need to take baby aspirin every day for the next 6 months or longer. Some patients also take Plavix® (clopidogrel). For the next 6 months, you will need to take antibiotics before certain medical procedures. Your doctor will make the decision if you are to keep taking these medicines beyond the 6 months
Keep taking your present medicines as prescribed. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects. Do not stop taking aspirin or Plavix® (clopidogrel) without consulting your cardiologist first.
Other instructions and follow-up plans
You will have a follow up cardiology visit with echocardiogram and ECG at 1 and 6 months after the procedure to assess the device and your heart function.
UW/AFCH Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology Clinic:
After hours, nights, weekends, and holidays, the paging operator will answer this number. Ask for the pediatric cardiologist on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, call 1-800-323-8942.
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Last Updated: 06/28/2013
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