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How long does it take to recover from a Wada test?

The following are discharge instructions after undergoing a Wada test -- a routine procedure for patients who are being evaluated for certain types of brain surgery:
  • After discharge, take it easy for the next 72 hours. The day you come home from your procedure, you are instructed to rest with as little walking as necessary. You should avoid going up and down stairs. You may sleep, watch TV, and read.
  • Day #1 (the day after your procedure): You may start to increase your walking, but only minimal walking. Continue to mostly rest. Day #2 (the second day after your procedure): You may resume regular (not strenuous) walking.
  • Do not do any strenuous activity or lift anything heavier than a carton of milk for 72 hours after the procedure. Try not to go up and down stairs too frequently.
  • You should not drive for at least 48 hours.
  • There will be a dressing over your groin. You may remove it after 24 hours, but keep the area clean and dry. Although you may shower with no dressing on your groin after 24 hours, please place a Band-Aid at the puncture site after showering.
  • It is normal to have a little more discomfort in your groin the day after the procedure. You may have slightly more bruising at the puncture site. This is normal. You may take acetaminophen in regular or extra strength to minimize the discomfort.
  • Your doctor or nurse practitioner will contact you within a couple of days after your procedure to see how you are feeling and discuss any follow-up plan.
  • If you should develop bleeding at your groin site, apply direct pressure for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • If the bleeding persists, continue to hold pressure and call 911 or go to the emergency department.

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