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Total bed rest is needed after the procedure. You will need to lie still for up to six hours before getting up. The most important thing to remember is not to bend the leg on the side of the puncture site.
- You must use the urinal or bedpan for elimination until the doctor allows you to get up.
- If you sneeze or cough, press your fingers over the groin area.
- The nurse will check your vital signs and the insertion site frequently.
The procedure may be performed from the arm at the wrist or elbow, your doctor will decide the best approach. If the arm is used, then limited activity of the arm is necessary for 4-6 hours.