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Your child had an electrophysiology study for a problem with his or her heartbeat. Your child may also have had a catheter ablation to try to correct the problem.
Your child may have a bruise or a small lump where the catheter was put in. This could be in either or both of the upper legs near the groin. The area may feel sore for a day or two after the procedure. Your child may need more sleep than usual for a few days.
This procedure can be stressful for you and your child. Your child's recovery will depend on why the procedure was needed.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if your child has any problems.
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Current as of: December 16, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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