Surgical Information

Post Operative Instructions for Lower Extremity

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

Take the following medication as directed:
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To minimize gastric upset from narcotics or anti-inflammatory medicine, eat adequate amounts of food.

Increase fluid and fiber intake to ease constipation from pain medication.

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 703-810-5202 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 foot.
  • Severe pain unresponsive to narcotic medication.
  • Excessive bleeding or vomiting.
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, CALL 911.

 
FOLLOW-UP

Your post-operative follow up appointment is scheduled on___________________________ at the Reston Office. If you need to verify or change your post-op appointment, please call 703-277-BONE (2663)