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Arthrogram

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

An arthrogram is a joint x-ray used to find the cause of pain or check healing after surgery. If you have a prosthesis, you may need an arthrogram to see if it is loose.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You have a seizure.
  • You have sudden trouble breathing.

Call your doctor or rheumatologist if:

  • You have pain or swelling in the injection area for longer than 2 days.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have redness or warmth in the joint area.
  • You have skin changes, such as red or dark spots or hardened, tight skin.
  • Your joints feel stiff, or you have trouble moving your limbs.
  • Your skin becomes swollen, itchy, or burns.
  • You have new numbness in the arm or leg where you had your arthrogram.
  • You have a new rash.
  • You feel weak or dizzy.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

  • NSAIDs help decrease swelling and pain or fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Self-care:

  • Rest your joint as directed.
  • Apply ice to decrease pain and swelling. Use an ice pack or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel and place it on the area for 15 to 20 minutes every hour, or as directed.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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