Your surgery is over and now you are in recovery! Follow these simple protocols to ensure that you heal as quickly as possible.
Make sure you ice and elevate the affected area for 24-48 hours. This will help reduce swelling and pain. Use the ice for 15-20 minutes at a time, every 2-3 hours. Do not put the ice directly onto your skin. Put a wash cloth or hand towel on your skin first to protect it from too much ice.
Don't remove the dressing on your wound for at least five days or when your doctor tells you. Shower quickly and keep the wound covered. Use a clean, dry gauze to clean the wound and do not use any ointments unless instructed to do so.
Use your sling as per the doctor's orders! You may have to use it all the time or just for comfort. Your doctor will give you instructions.
Don't get your cast wet or put anything inside it, like lotion, powder, etc.
Make sure you take your pain medication as prescribed. You may also resume your pre-operative medications, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. If you experience significant pain, despite taking the prescribed pain medication, you can also take Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin or Aleve. You can do this as long as you have no history of stomach ulcers, gastro-intestinal bleeding and are not allergic to Coumadin.
If you are experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
If you don't have an appointment already, call us at 609-896-0444 to schedule one.