If you have an emergency please dial 911

Knee Arthroscopy

• Change your dressing in 48 hours – remove the bulky dressing and apply bandaids to the incision sites. Do not remove the steri strips or sutures

• Weight bearing as tolerated – unless otherwise indicated

• Elevate your leg above the level of your heart on the day of surgery and the day following surgery

• Perform ankle pumps and ankle circles while elevated

• You can apply an ice pack to your knee for 20 min at a time – do not apply directly to the skin

• Take medications for pain as prescribed

• Take aspirin as indicated for the first 7 days

• Contact our office if you have excessive drainage, pain or any other concerns

• Exercise: you can begin quad sets as tolerated on day #2, begin to work on range of motion as tolerated and begin a stationary bike if available on day 4 or 5

• You may be given a prescription for physical therapy at your first post-op visit

Shoulder Arthroscopy

• Change your dressing in 48 hours - remove the bulky dressing and apply bandaids to the incision sites. Do not remove the steri strips or sutures

• You can apply an ice pack to your shoulder for 20 min at a time – do not apply directly to the skin

• Take medications for pain as prescribed

• Take aspirin as indicated for the first 7 days

• Contact our office if you have excessive drainage, pain or any other concerns

• Exercise: you can begin range of motion at your elbow, wrist and hand as tolerated. You can begin gentle pendulum activities out of your sling (if using one)

• Plan to begin your physical therapy approximately one week following your surgery

Carpal Tunnel Release

• Change your dressing every (consult Provider) hours – remove the bulky dressing and apply bandaids to the incision sites. Do not remove the steri strips or sutures

• You can apply an ice pack to your wrist for 20 min at a time – do not apply directly to the skin

• Take medications for pain as prescribed

• Take aspirin as indicated for the first 7 days

• Contact our office if you have excessive drainage, pain or any other concerns

Rotator Cuff Repair / Labral Repair

• Keep your arm in the sling at all times unless otherwise instructed • Change your dressing in 48 hours – remove the bulky dressing and apply bandaids to the incision sites. Do not remove the steri strips or sutures • You can apply an ice pack to your shoulder for 20 min at a time – do not apply directly to the skin

• Take medications for pain as prescribed

• Take aspirin as indicated for the first 7 days

• Contact our office if you have excessive drainage, pain or any other concerns

• Exercise: you can begin gentle range of motion at your wrist and hand as tolerated. Your doctor will advance your program at your first office visit

• If instructed, you may begin your physical therapy on the first day following your procedure

Fracture Reduction – Closed, Percutaneous Pinning, ORIF

• Keep your arm/leg in the splint at all times unless otherwise instructed

• Take medications for pain as prescribed

• Take aspirin as indicated for the first 7 days

• Contact our office if you have excessive drainage, pain or any other concerns

• You will be given additional instructions at your first post operative visit with your doctor

• Often, your splint will be removed and you will possibly be transitioned to a cast, boot, or new splint as indicated

Total Joints – Knee/Hip

• You will be hospitalized at Mercy Folsom Hospital following your procedure for approximately 2 – 5 days

• Upon discharge, you will have a follow up visit scheduled with our office for your first post operative visit

• You will likely have a home health assessment if in fact, you are going home otherwise, you will be transitioned to a skilled nursing facility for the initial phases of your rehab upon release from the hospital

• You will be allowed to weight bear as tolerated using a front wheel walker unless otherwise indicated

• Total knee patients will be using a Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) machine immediately post operatively and this will also go home with you to help increase your knee motion

• Total hip patients will likely be in a protective splint for your hip while you are in the hospital