Rest, Ice, and Elevation

Remain generally at rest. Elevate and apply ice to area for the first 48 hours. Dressings must be kept dry.

Medication

You will be told the medication(s) to take, including how much and how often.

Pain Medication Tips

  • Do not drive while taking pain medications.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking pain medications.
  • Pain medication should be taken with food as this will help prevent any stomach upset.
  • Often pain medications will cause constipation. Eat high fiber foods and increase your fluid intake if possible.
  • To alleviate constipation, purchase a stool softener at any pharmacy and follow the recommended directions on the bottle.

Dressing/Showering

Slight bleeding through the dressing/cast is common. 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.

Questions/Concerns 

Your surgeon should be contacted by calling 703-810-5215 Option 3 or 703-810-5213 Option 3 24 hours a day for any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever greater than 101.5 degrees F.
  • Numbness, loss of good color or coolness in the arm.
  • Severe pain unresponsive to narcotic medication.
  • Excessive bleeding or vomiting.
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath – CALL 911

Follow-Up

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.