Post-Operative Instructions

Patellar Realignment

Crutch walking with 2 crutches. Foot may be flat on ground, but must use crutches to walk for 6 weeks. Weight bearing as tolerated on affected leg. Knee is locked in full extension for 6 weeks. Keep knee dressing dry and in place for 48 hours. May remove knee dressing in 2 days and get knee wet in shower. Do not submerge knee for 2 weeks – no bath, hot tub or pool for 2 weeks. Leave knee open to air with no dressing after 2 days. Leave white steri-strips in place for 2 weeks.

You will be given 4 medications:

  • Lovenox 40mg subcutaneous injection each day for 10 days. Start injection 12-24 hours after surgery
  • Percocet 5mg: 1-2 pills every 4 hours as needed for pain if the Motrin doesn’t cover all of your pain
  • Keflex 500mg: 1 pill every 4 hours for 1 day only.
  • Phenergan 12.5mg: 1 pill every 6 hours as needed for nausea

You can ice the knee for 30 minutes at a time, then nothing for 2 hours then ice again for 30 minutes at a time and so on. Stay ahead of the pain.

Return to office to see Dr. Kittredge in 2 weeks.

Any problems or questions, please call.

  • Alexandria office 703-810-5209
  • Springfield office 703-810-5210