Welcome home. You have now successfully completed the first stage of your recovery. Here are some basic instructions to help you through this recovery period.All dressings and splints should be kept clean and dry unless otherwise instructed.
- All basic knee and shoulder arthroscopy patients may remove dressing 3 days post op. That includes everything down to the sutures. You may then shower or sponge bath and then just place band-aids over the incisions
- All reconstructions including ACL/Rotator cuff and or fractures should keep dressings on until first post-operative visit
Slings and braces should be worn and not taken off until the first pos-operative visit.
- You have been prescribed medication: Please take it!!!!!
- Often after leaving the recovery room you have been given some medication. Please start taking your prescribed medication around 4-6 hours after you leave the recovery room.
- “No Pain No Gain” is not appropriate at this time. There is extensive evidence that if you blunt the initial post-operative pain response by taking your medicine early and consistently, the discomfort that you may feel will not be as bad. Please “Don’t be a Martyr!"
- ICE: Can be very helpful in reducing pain post-operatively. You can apply ice to the area in a sealed bag over the dressing. You may not feel it when the dressing is on but there is still some good that can come from doing it. Apply to area for 10-15 minutes every 1-2 hrs. After the dressings are removed please separate the ice from the skin with a cloth or towel so as to protect the skin.
- Lower Extremities: Especially important for lower extremity surgery. Elevation prevents swelling which causes pain. Obviously, you need to take care of yourself while you are at home, so going to the bathroom/kitchen/store for food is ok. Anytime you are reclining please place pillows under the lower leg, not the knee, to facilitate elevation.
- Upper Extremity: Obviously very difficult to do when in a sling. Not of crucial importance.
- Ambulatory assistive devices including walker, crutches, canes will be provided. If you have your own, please let the staff know prior to the scheduled surgery date.
- If indicated for surgery, they will be provided by the staff prior to surgery. PLEASE BRING IT WITH YOU TO SURGERY.
- No matter what procedure you are having please wear loose and easily removable clothing to be able to fit over a sling and or knee brace/dressings. A button down shirt works well for upper extremity procedures.
- You may come to the facility by yourself, but must have a companion to escort you home. New York State law does not allow you to go home by yourself, call a cab or an Uber to get you home.
- Your first visit should be approximately 1 week after surgery. Please contact my surgical scheduler (Esther Sanchez 212-737-3301 ext. 105) and confirm.
- Unless otherwise indicated most physical therapy will not begin before your first post-operative visit. You will not lose any rehabilitation benefits by waiting 1 week.
- Swelling: An inevitable result from surgery. Elevation is the key to mitigating this. Icing the area can also help.
- Bruising: Again, often a response to surgery and or injury. Sometimes bruising develops a few days after the procedure. Don’t be concerned as this is often normal.
- Pain: Please see above: Please take your medication
- If at any time pain becomes intolerable, don’t hesitate to contact the office at 212-737-3301. Someone is always available 24/7 to help