Caring for Yourself after Electrophysiology Study or Ablation
You had an electrophysiology (EP) study on
Going home the day of the study:
▪ Have someone drive you home. You
should not drive at all today and can
resume driving 24 hours after your
▪ Rest quietly for the remainder of the day.
Care of the Access/Puncture Site:
▪ You may shower 24 hours after the
procedure. Remove any bandages over
the access/puncture site before taking a
▪ When showering, simply let the water
run over the access/puncture site. There
is no need to scrub the access/puncture
▪ Do not put any salve, ointments, or
lotions on the access/puncture site.
▪ No hot tubs, bathtubs, swimming, or
submerging of the access/puncture sites
for 7-10 days
Activities for the Next 5 – 7 Days:
▪ No heavy lifting of 10 pounds or greater.
▪ No straining.
▪ No vigorous or strenuous activity,
What to Expect:
▪ It’s common to have some soreness or
tenderness at the access/puncture site
that can last up to one week.
▪ You may notice some bruising at the
access/puncture site that could take 2-3
weeks to go away.
▪ A small lump (dime to quarter size) may
form at the site, which could take up to 6
weeks to resolve.
What to Do for Minor Pain:
▪ You may take Tylenol 325mg, 1-2
tablets every 6 hours as needed. If you
are having pain requiring Tylenol use
beyond 1-2 days, please call the clinic
for further discussion.
Signs and Symptoms of Infection:
▪ Redness, swelling or drainage at the
▪ Prolonged pain
▪ Fever over 101.0 θF
When and Who to Call:
Call 911 for emergency help:
▪ If bleeding or sudden swelling should
occur at the access/puncture 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 or shortness of
Return to work:
You may return to work on
Instructions and follow-up plans:
UW Cardiovascular Medicine: (608) 263-1530.
After hours, nights, weekends, and holidays, the paging operator will answer this number. Ask
for the cardiac doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The
doctor will call you back.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 6/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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