After Your Surgery

PACU 1

  • The average stay in recovery is 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of surgery and your own personal recovery.
  • Patients having an ACL Reconstruction or Foot and Ankle surgery are usually more comfortable in the back seat of the car for the ride home. An immobilizer will be on the leg to prevent bending the knee.
  • After you have returned home, be sure to re-read the discharge instructions and follow your doctor’s orders regarding rest, medication, and activity.
  • It is not unusual to feel a little sleepy, lightheaded, or dizzy for several hours after your surgery.
  • Swelling of the hands is normal after shoulder, elbow, and hand surgery. Swelling of the feet and ankle is normal after knee, ankle, and foot surgery.
  • Over the counter chewable Dramamine can be helpful in minimizing post-operative nausea and vomiting. (If diabetic, notify your physician of prolonged nausea and vomiting.)
  • A slightly elevated temperature can occur for a few days after surgery. If greater than 101 degrees, call your surgeon.
  • If you have any questions or problems after surgery, please contact your surgeon’s office. Please be sure to review the discharge instructions before calling your doctor’s office.
  • Do not drive a car, smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, operate machinery, or cook for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Do not take additional Tylenol/ Acetaminophen while taking pain medication. Most pain medication already has Tylenol/Acetaminophen in it. The maximum dose for Tylenol in a 24 hour period is 3000 mg.
  • Keep the operative limb elevated above the level of the heart when possible for the first few days after surgery.
  • Ice is often an effective pain reliever. If advised by your surgeon on your discharge instructions, please use it. Although it seems that the coldness will not penetrate the big dressing, it does get through and can be very effective. Always keep your dressing dry.
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