Make plans to have help at home while you recover.
Follow a healthy lifestyle.
- If you have high blood pressure, keep it under control.
- DO NOT smoke.
- Ask your doctor if it is OK for you to drink alcohol.
- Ask your doctor when it is OK to start sexual activity.
Take your seizure medicine if any was prescribed for you. Your doctor may refer you to a speech, physical, or occupational therapist to help you recover from any brain damage.
If the doctor put a catheter in through your groin (endovascular surgery), it is okay to walk short distances on a flat surface. Limit going up and down stairs to around 2 times a day for 2 to 3 days. DO NOT do yard work, drive, or play sports until your doctor says it is okay to do so.
Your health care provider will tell you when your dressing should be changed. DO NOT take a bath or swim for 1 week.
If you have a small amount of bleeding from the incision, lie down and put pressure where it bleeds for 30 minutes.
Be sure you understand any instructions about taking medicines such as blood thinners (anticoagulants), aspirin, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen.