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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

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