After 4 days, you may remove surgical dressing unless directed otherwise.
Do not apply creams, oils, or lotions (Vit. E, antibiotic ointment, etc.) to wound prior to first post-op appointment. You will be told when you can do this once the staples or sutures are removed.
You may shower and get incision wet after 4 days. Do not scrub incision, let warm soapy water wash over it and pat dry.
NO soaking in a bath, hot tub, or pool for at least 4 weeks after surgery.
Any persistent wound drainage 1 week after your surgical procedure should be reported to your surgeon.
Take Pain medications as prescribed.
Nausea medication, if prescribed, will not only help with nausea but will help the pain medication work better.
You may take Tylenol in addition to pain medication ONLY IF you are prescribed Oxycodone. Vicodin & Percocet have Tylenol in them and Tylenol should not be taken in addition to these pain medications to avoid liver toxicity issues
NEVER take more than 4 grams or 4,000mgs of Tylenol per day.
We do not refill pain medications at night or over weekends. If you know you’ll run out during those times, call Monday through Thursday 8AM-5PM to refill them.
Anti-inflammatories, Aspirin, & Blood Thinners
Anti-inflammatories include Aleve, Naprosyn, Ibuprofen, Advil, etc.
Blood thinners include Coumadin, Heparin, Lovenox, Pradaxa, etc.
Stop taking Aspirin 1 week prior to your surgical procedure.
Always check with your general practitioner, cardiologist, or orthopaedic surgeon before stopping your blood thinners prior to surgery.
Generally, we stop Coumadin 5 days prior your surgical procedure
Always follow the advice of your general practitioner regarding use of Anti-inflammatories, especially if you have Gastrointestinal or Kidney issues.
Anti-inflammatories should not be taken with most blood thinners
Anti-inflammatories can and should be taken after joint replacement procedures once you are off blood thinners