Dr. Kusin will give you specific instructions after your surgery. General postoperative recommendations include:
- Take anti-inflammatory and pain medications as advised.
- It is advised to take medications with food.
- If you are prescribed narcotic medications for pain, take only the minimum amount necessary to alleviate your pain to a tolerable level.
- Do not drink alcohol, drive a vehicle, operate any machinery, or sign a legal document for the first 24 hours after the surgery as the effects of the sedative and/or the anesthesia administered during the surgery may last for 24 hours after surgery.
- Use ice packs to control swelling.
- Follow your specific activity restrictions, as advised.
- Keep the operated extremity elevated, above the level of your heart, to control swelling.
- Keep the dressing clean and dry.
- Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Please call the office immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Increased drainage from the incision
- Increased redness around the incision
- Increased swelling that does not improve with ice and elevation
- Foul odor
- Fever greater than 101°F
- Coldness, numbness, or blanched white or bluish color of the fingers or toes
- Sudden calf pain or shortness of breath
- Chest pain