Though the pulmonary artery (PA) sensor implant is minimally invasive, you will still need a few days to recover from the procedure.
Follow all of your doctor’s instructions. You will receive training about how to set up and take daily readings with your home Patient Electronics System before going home. A customer service representative will be available should you have any questions after you go home, or you can refer to the Patient Electronics System Video.
After the procedure is completed, you may be asked to lay flat on your back for a few hours to prevent any bleeding from the catheter insertion site. You may experience some discomfort, but you should be able to return to normal activities soon after the procedure.
Things to Watch For
As you recover from your implant procedure, it is important that that you become actively involved in your recovery by following your doctor’s instructions including:
- Report any redness, swelling or drainage from the insertion site in your upper thigh area
- Walk, exercise and bathe according to your doctor’s instructions
- Contact your doctor if you develop a fever that does not go away in two or three days
- Ask your doctor any questions you may have about your device, condition or medication
Before you return home, you will receive information about setting up and operating your home Patient Electronics System to take pressure readings. The easy-to-use system will enable you to quickly transmit pressure readings to your doctor, painlessly and with mininal disruption to your daily activities. After your procedure, there are some important things to keep in mind:
- Follow all instructions given by your doctor for the post-implant period.
- Keep all appointments with your doctor.
- Call your doctor if you experience any redness at the insertion site in your upper thigh.
- Be sure you completely understand the instructions given by your doctor about medications you should or should not take after your implant procedure.
- Be informed about your medical condition and your sensor, so you can talk with family, friends and healthcare providers about your health.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Involve friends and family in your recovery by allowing them to help you relax.
- Resume physical activities when your doctor gives you permission.
- Carry your patient identification card with you at all times. Your doctor or nurse will complete a temporary patient identification card before you leave the hospital. A permanent card will be mailed to you within a few weeks of discharge. This card will provide information about the sensor to healthcare professionals so that it can be identified correctly if you need a chest X-ray, CT scan, MRI or other testing. The card will alert medical and security personnel that you have an implanted device.
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Last Reviewed: June 2, 2014 US-2000491 A EN (06/14)