Remain generally at rest. Elevate and apply ice to area for the first 48 hours. Dressings must be kept dry.
Use cane or crutches for security and comfort as needed. Discard them as soon as possible unless otherwise specified by your doctor. You will be told if weight-bearing is allowed as tolerated with pain and swelling are your activity guides.
You will be told the medication(s) to take, including how much and how often.
Slight bleeding through the dressing/cast is common. Reinforce the dressing/cast with 4x4 gauze pads and gauze wrap as needed. Dressings/cast must be kept dry. Modify your bathing appropriately. Cover your dressing/cast with plastic when bathing. Use rubbing alcohol to remove the betadine prep solution from the skin.
Your surgeon should be contacted by calling 703-810-5215 Option 3 or 703-525-6100, 24 hours a day for any of the following symptoms:
You will receive information on when and where your post-operative appointment is scheduled.
If you need to verify or change your post-op appointment, please call 703-277-2663.