GENERAL POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

Ice/Cryotherapy:

  • Ice packs may be applied behind the knee to cool the blood going to the foot and ankle

  • Ice packs may be applied up to 20 minutes every hour

  • Do not apply either the ice packs or cooling device directly to your skin

    • Always use a barrier such as a towel​

General Information:

  • You must have a responsible adult accompany you and provide transportation home

    • Some facilities may provide transportation and you will need to arrange this with the facility prior to your surgery

  • Do not sign any legal papers or make any legal decisions for 48 hours after surgery

  • Do not drink anything containing alcohol for at least 48 hours after surgery or while taking any pain medication

  • It is illegal to drive or operate machinery while in any surgical shoe, cast, splint, or CAM walker boot

  • If you had local anesthesia or a nerve block for surgery, you will develop pain when the anesthetic medication wears off. Take pain medication at the first sign that feeling is returning to the operated extremity

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General Post-Operative Instructions:

The information below covers basic post-operative instructions and guidelines. Please call the office if you do not understand any of these instructions, need clarification, or have any questions or concerns. During business hours please call (312) 842-4600. An answering service is available 24/7.

Surgical Dressing:

  • If pain/pressure persist in the foot and ankle you may remove the outer Ace bandage, then reapply more loosely over the sterile gauze dressing

  • Keep dressing, splint, or cast clean and dry until follow-up appointment

  • For bathing, cover the dressing with a plastic bag and secure it to prevent water from dripping into the bag. Call the office immediately if the dressing gets wet

 

Normal Symptoms and Findings After Surgery:

  • Pain and warmth are normal

  • Bloody drainage and limited areas of numbness may be present around incisions

  • Bruising and swelling in the toes may occur

  • Low grade temperature (less than 100.5 degrees F) is common after surgery

  • Deep breathing exercises are helpful

 

You Should Call the Office Immediately if You Notice Any of the Following:

  • Fever of greater than 101 degrees F and/or chills

  • Persistent uncomfortable warmth or redness around the dressing

  • Persistent unbearable pain

  • Nausea and/or vomiting

  • Pain, redness, or swelling in one or both legs

  • Chest pain, calf pain, shortness of breath, or coughing

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