When your orthopaedic surgery is completed, your doctor at North East Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine will provide specific instructions to you in terms of eating, showering, and performing other daily tasks. In general, we suggest the following to help ensure a safe and speedy recovery:
- Schedule a friend or family member to accompany you back to your home. You should not attempt to drive yourself for at least 24 hours.
- Refrain from eating or drinking until you feel hungry; do not try to eat or drink in the car on your way back home. The anesthesia, combined with the car motion and eating, can cause sickness and vomiting. When you do feel like eating, start with something light and do not consume heavy or greasy food until the next day.
- If orthopaedic surgery was performed on your knee or hand be sure to elevate that body part and use ice as instructed by your physician to assist in reducing pain and swelling.
- Your doctor will prescribe pain medicine for you. You can start taking the medicine as soon as you start to feel pain, but before you are in immense pain. If you wait too long to take the medication, it will be more difficult for you to control the pain.
- Your doctor will schedule follow-up visits with you to ensure that your orthopaedic surgery has been successful and that you are healing properly. During these visits, our doctors and staff will answer any questions you have about the post-surgery recovery process.
After your orthopaedic surgery, your doctor will likely recommend physical therapy to help facilitate your recovery.
Physical therapy can help restore motion and strength to the area of surgery, as well as reduce pain. If you had surgery on your hand or wrist, you will be referred to a hand therapist who has specialized training in hand rehabilitation. In addition to your physical or hand therapy sessions, you will also receive instructions for at-home exercises to help you continue strengthening and healing.
If you have any questions regarding your instructions or recovery after surgery, give us a call at North East Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Tupelo, Mississippi at (662) 377-6700 and we’ll gladly answer your questions.