Don’t wait for the day before your operation to prepare for life after surgery.
Everyone needs assistance after surgery, even if only undergoing the smallest of operations. While each person’s surgical matters are unique, there are general guidelines and ways to arrange for orthopedic surgeries, including the methods listed below.
The following four to six weeks after your orthopedic surgery are a crucial time. Please contact us immediately to schedule or reschedule follow up appointments, learn more about post operation care, and answer any questions you have about your particular situation.
Make certain you have arrangements made for transportation to and from your surgery before you arrive the day of. You will not be able to drive yourself home after the surgery, so you should plan accordingly.
If your surgery is in-patient, upon discharge after your surgery, you will be prescribed some type of medication, depending on your situation, so prepare to stop by the pharmacy after you are discharged.
All antibiotics must be taken until the bottle is empty. For more information regarding dosage, refills, or side effects, please contact our office or your local pharmacy.
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If you were given your prescription before surgery, it would be beneficial to pick it up before your surgery.
You might have difficulty performing routine functions after your surgery, including bathing, preparing food, moving around your home, dressing yourself, and other daily tasks. It’s most beneficial for patients to plan for someone to stay with them for at least the first 24 hours after they’ve been released.
In the event of an emergency, contact our office. If you experience any of the following occurrences, call us immediately:
- Fever more than 101 degrees
- Swelling, bleeding, large amounts of drainage or redness of incision
- Numbness or severe pain in arms or legs
Do not hesitate to call our office if you have any questions or concerns about your surgery. You can always schedule a follow up appointment to ensure all of your needs are met and that the healing process is going smoothly.