Postoperative Instructions 


Proper care during the postoperative period is an integral part of your surgical treatment program. It is imperative that these instructions be followed to insure proper healing and to obtain the best results.

  1. Go directly home and keep your foot elevated above your heart for the next 48 hours

  2. Apply ice to the top of your ankle for 20 minutes every hour.

  3. A small amount of blood on the bandage is normal. Do not remove the bandages to inspect the wound. Keep your bandages/cast clean, dry and intact.

  4. After the first 24 hours you are encouraged to exercise your leg 2-3 times a day by bending your ankle and knee to stimulate circulation and speed healing.

  5. Have your prescription(s) filled and begin taking them as soon as you get home. If medication causes rash, stomach upset, headache or other abnormal reaction, discontinue use and call the doctor right away.

  6. Do not use alcoholic beverages while taking pain medication.

  7. Do not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours or while taking pain medication

  8. Do not smoke. Smoking delays healing and makes you more susceptible to infection

  9. You should call the office immediately if:

    • The bandages get overly stained

    • Your medications do not stop the discomfort

    • You bump or injure the surgical area

    • You develop a fever of 100°

    • You get your dressings wet

    • Your bandage becomes loose

If you have any problems or concerns, do not hesitate to call the office at any time at (302) 735-9811. There is a physician on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.