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.
Go directly home and keep your foot elevated above your heart for the next 48 hours
Apply ice to the top of your ankle for 20 minutes every hour.
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.
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.
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.
Do not use alcoholic beverages while taking pain medication.
Do not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours or while taking pain medication
Do not smoke. Smoking delays healing and makes you more susceptible to infection
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.