WHAT IS A RENAL ANGIOGRAM?
A renal angiogram is a test to look at the major blood vessels to your kidneys. These are called the renal arteries. A catheter is inserted into your groin, foot, ankle or possibly your arm. The catheter is advanced to visualize the renal arteries that branch off of the aorta. Using contrast, the image will be seen on the video screen. The doctor can see if there is any blockage or narrowing of the artery.
WHAT HAPPENS PRIOR TO A RENAL ANGIOGRAM?
• You will read and sign your consent that gives your permission for the procedure to be performed. You will have the opportunity to ask your provider questions and have anything explained that you do not understand.
• You will be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry that may get in the way of the test. You will be given a gown to wear. You will be asked to empty your bladder prior to the test.
• An intravenous (IV) line will be started in your hand or arm. You will be connected to a monitor that records your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing.
• You may get medication to help you relax before the procedure.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A RENAL ANGIOGRAM?
• You will be taken to the recovery room. A nurse will watch your vital signs and the access
site(s). They will check the circulation and sensation in your extremities.
• Depending on the closure device used, you will be discharged after a period of rest and no signs of bleeding.
• You will be encouraged to drink water and fluids to help flush the contrast from your body.
• You will receive written discharge instructions about returning to your daily activities and how to care for your bandage and incision site.
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