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Discharge Instructions for Carotid Artery Stenting

When you get home after your procedure, do the following:

  • Watch the injection site for bleeding. A small bruise is normal. So is an occasional drop of blood at the site.

  • Watch the limb that was used for changes in temperature, color, numbness, tingling, or loss of function.

  • Take your prescribed antiplatelet medicines as directed. These medicines will help prevent blood clots from forming on the stent. But they may cause you to bruise more easily.

  • Shower instead of taking tub baths for a few days. But wait for your healthcare provider’s OK to get the wound wet first.

  • Don't lift anything over 10 pounds for a few days.

  • Take it easy. But try to get back to your normal routine as much as possible.

  • Ask your healthcare provider about when you can drive, return to work, and do other activities.

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these:

  • Problems at the incision site, such as swelling, redness, bleeding, warmth, leaking of fluids, or increasing pain

  • A cold or painful leg or foot

  • Severe headache

  • Weakness or numbness in a leg or arm

  • Trouble talking or finding the words to say what you want

  • Changes in your vision

  • Dizziness or imbalance

Go to the emergency room if your healthcare provider’s office is closed.

Your follow-up

Within a month after the procedure, you’ll have a follow-up exam and tests. These tests may include an ultrasound and a brain function exam. Then you’ll be monitored with ultrasound or another imaging test every 6 months for 1 to 2 years. After that, you’ll be monitored at least every 12 months. You may also keep taking antiplatelet medicine. In some cases, the carotid artery can narrow again. If this happens, it can often be treated again with balloon angioplasty.

Call 911

Call 911 if you have any of these stroke symptoms:

  • Paralysis or weakness on 1 side of the body

  • Numbness or tingling on 1 side of the body

  • Trouble speaking

  • Loss of vision in 1 eye

  • Drooping on 1 side of the face

  • Dizziness or imbalance

  • Swelling or persistent pain in the groin

Online Medical Reviewer: Anne Fetterman RN BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Deepak Sudheendra MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
Date Last Reviewed: 9/1/2022
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