Tube or Drain Removal in Interventional Radiology
This handout was prepared to help answer
some of the common questions patients may
have after having a tube or drain removed in
the Interventional Radiology Clinic. If you
have any more questions or concerns, please
feel free to ask the doctor or nurse taking
care of you.
The doctor who removed your tube today
was Dr. ___________________________.
The nurse who reviewed this handout with
you today is _______________________,
Your Care at Home after Your Tube or
Drain has been removed
You may eat or drink what you would like
once you have arrived at home except
alcoholic drinks. Do not drink alcohol for
24 hours or do any strenuous activities. Do
not lift more than 10 pounds. Resume your
normal routine after 24 hours.
Remove the dressing over the site the next
morning. You do not need to put on a new
dressing if the drainage has stopped.
If the Site Keeps Draining
If the site keeps draining, a new dressing
should be applied daily using tape and
gauze. You may need to change the
dressing more often if there is a large
amount of drainage. You may stop using
the dressings and leave site open to air once
all drainage has stopped for 24 hours.
If You Are Sent Home with a Drainage
Bag over the Site
If you are sent home with drainage bag over
the site you may remove bag once drainage
has stopped. This is most often in 1-3 days.
Once the bag is removed, apply dressing
using tegaderm and gauze daily, or more
often if there is a large amount of drainage.
You may stop doing dressing changes and
leave site open to air once drainage from the
site has stopped for 24 hours.
Showers and Baths
You may shower 24 hours after your drain
has been removed if no drainage bag has
been applied. You may resume baths or
whirlpools 3 days after all drainage has
stopped from the site.
When to Call the Doctor
If you have more than a teaspoon of
bleeding at the site.
If you have extreme dizziness, or
feel faint or light-headed.
If your pain around the site gets
worse rather than better 2-3 days
after the drain is removed.
If you are not feeling well, check
your temperature. If you have a
fever greater than 100.4 θ
If you have any questions or
problems once you are home.
Drainage that persists for more than
If You Had Sedation
You must make sure you have an adult to
take you home after your sedation. You will
not be allowed to leave alone or drive
yourself home. Side effects are few, but you
may feel drowsy the rest of the day. We
suggest that you do not return to work and
that you are not left alone.
For the first 12 hours after you get home
ξ Do not drive a car or operate
ξ Do not drink alcohol.
ξ Do not make important personal or
business decisions or sign legal
ξ Avoid activities such as swimming,
Who to Call With Questions after
For questions please call Radiology
Department during the day from 8:00 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. at (608) 263-9729.
Evenings and weekends this number will be
answered by the paging operator. Ask for
the Interventional Radiology Resident on
call. Leave your name and phone number
with the area code. The doctor will call you
If you live out of the area, please call the
paging operator at 1-800-323-8942.
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 © 11/2016. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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