Post-Operative Instructions

  • Keep incision clean and dry.
  • Keep cast or splint clean and dry, and do not try to remove it. If there are problems with the cast or splint, please contact our office or on-call doctor.
  • Maintain a schedule for prescribed pain medications. Once a severe level of pain is reached, it is much more difficult to control the pain.
  • Keep your extremity elevated (if possible) to minimize swelling. This will also help with pain control.
  • It is not unusual to have a slight fever after general anesthesia for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Drinking fluids, deep breathing, and coughing are helpful after general surgery to limit the development of fever. Any high fevers over 101.5 may be more concerning. Please contact the office for further instructions.
  • Pain medicine can cause itching, nausea, and/or constipation. These are all COMMON side-effects of narcotic based medicine and are not necessarily a drug allergy.
  • If you have a pain pump, please call the office to have the pain pump removed in 24 to 48 hours.
  • It is not unusual to have swelling and pain of the extremities after surgery. If necessary, the ace wrap can be loosened if it seems too tight, but please do not remove the splint (if applicable).
  • It is not unusual to have some mild bleeding that soaks through the dressing. Please reinforce the dressing with more gauze dressing, or ace wrap, if available, to provide more compression. If this does not control the bleeding, then please contact the office.
  • Please contact the office with any further questions.
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