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Post-Op Instructions

Now that we have performed your surgery, we are very concerned with your prompt and complete recovery. To help you achieve the best results, we urge you to follow these instructions carefully.

  • Go directly home and keep your feet elevated on the way.
  • Elevate your foot/feet for several days following surgery. This will reduce any swelling and pain. While sitting or lying down, keep your feet propped up on a chair or pillow, preferably at or above the level of your heart.
  • Avoid prolonged standing or walking until your doctor advises that you may do so.
  • Take the pain medication as instructed. The pain medication should be taken on an as needed basis and no more than every 4 hours. Postoperative pain that is not controlled by pain medication should be reported to the doctor.
  • Apply an ice bag to the top of your foot or ankle (back of the knee if you have a cast) for 20 minutes out of each hour for the first two days after surgery. Do not apply an ice bag overnight.
  • Do not remove bandage or cast! Keep bandages/cast clean and dry. Your doctor will change the bandage at the first visit after your surgery. Should your bandage become wet, it must be changed as soon as possible by the doctor to reduce the risk of infection. ** If pain increases or does not subside, un-wrap the ACE bandage, wait 30 minutes and re-apply it loosely.
  • If you do not have a follow-up visit scheduled after surgery, please call the office to set this up. The first visit should be 3-5 days after surgery. Remaining post operative visits will be made by our office.
  • Wear the postoperative shoe/boot whenever you stand or walk. If it feels more secure to wear the surgical shoe/boot at night you may do so, but it is not necessary.
  • Certain surgeries require you to be non-weight-bearing to allow proper healing. Follow the instructions from the physical therapist or nurse for the best methods to use crutches, a walker, or wheelchair. Start slowly and take extra precautions to avoid any falls that may compromise your surgery.
  • If the bandage or cast feels very tight and your toes become blue, tingling, or numb, call the doctor immediately. ** If there is an ACE wrap over the bandage, this should be loosened significantly.
  • A small amount of bleeding through the bandage is normal. If the bleeding continues and the bandage becomes soaked, call your doctor.
  • Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and eat well-balanced meals to promote good healing.
  • If you experience any shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid pulse, anxiety or sweating, call your doctor or Emergency Room immediately.
  • Please feel free to contact the office at any time should you have any questions or concerns. Please call if there is any excessive pain, swelling, fever, chills, or foul odor from the bandage. For your convenience, the doctor is available 24 hours a day by calling our office.

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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