Outpatient Surgery Post-Operative Home Instructions
- Keep your feet elevated as much as possible. The feet have a tendency to swell following surgery and with your feet in a dependent (not elevated) position, there is more of a chance for swelling to occur. Swelling can lead to pain, and possible complications in healing.
- Limit your activities (ex. walking, standing, etc.) until you return for your first post operative visit.
- Apply an ice pack above (not on) the surgery site. The ice pack is very effective in the first 24 hours only – apply 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off.
- Keep your bandage and/or cast clean and dry at all times. DO NOT REMOVE or change the dressings until you return for your first post-operative visit. The dressings are not only applied to cover the surgery site and keep the area clean, but they also serve as a type of splinting following the surgical procedure.
- Walk only with the surgical shoe(s). If you have crutches, a walker, a knee walker or wheelchair, use them as instructed.
- Take all medications as prescribed. Pain medications should not be taken on an empty stomach. Do not consume any alcohol while taking any prescribed medication. Refrain from smoking 24 hours after surgery.
- Check the color at the tips of your toes; they should be pink. If you should experience unusual change in color, swelling or if pain medication fails to give you adequate relief, please call. If excessive bleeding, fever, difficulty breathing or any other disturbing problems should develop, call the doctor immediately.
You may experience a decrease in full mental alertness that may persist for several hours after anesthesia. You should avoid any decisions or activities that are dependent on your full concentration for 24 hours after surgery.
We are interested in your speedy recovery. To avoid any unnecessary delays in your recovery, please carefully follow the above instructions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.