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Todd C. Battaglia, MD, MS Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, PC
Post-op Instructions: General Ortho Surgery
What was found:
______________________________________________________________ What was done:
Begin with liquids and light foods; progress to regular diet as tolerated.
Rest with extremity elevated above heart level as much as possible for next 48-72 hours. You may weight bear as tolerated with crutches. Use partial weight-bearing with ____% of your weight with crutches. Do not bear weight on your leg until follow-up.
Do not change dressing until seen in office – keep incision and dressings clean and dry. Do not remove cast / splint. Keep clean and dry. May remove dressing in 2 days and leave incision open to air if no further drainage. Change dressing in 2 days and replace with clean bandage for 7 days. Keep dressings and incisions dry for 2 days (cover with plastic if you shower). May shower with incisions exposed in 48 hours after dressing is removed. No soaking / submerging wounds in bathtub or pool until follow-up. If changing your dressing, please wash your hands before and after. Do not remove any steri-strips (small white paper tapes) if any are present. They will fall off on
their own. Icing:
Apply ice packs to the area at least 3-4 times per day for 20 minutes each time until swelling
is resolved. (
If you have received a cryotherapy (cooling) device, use this instead of ice packs.
Do not exceed more than 30 straight minutes of use at a time, and remove for 20-30 minutes
between uses.) Medication:
Pain medication: You have been prescribed a narcotic. Take as directed if needed for pain. Do
The day after surgery begin taking one 325mg coated aspirin (e.g. Ecotrin or Bufferin) daily for
4 weeks to prevent blood clots. (Do not take if allergic to anti-inflammatory medicine or if you have stomach ulcers).
Antibiotic: You have been prescribed Keflex or Clindamycin. Take as directed until finished. It may be helpful to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen for pain
control if you do not have any problems with these medicines (such as stomach ulcers, kidney problems, or allergy to aspirin).
Do not take any anti-inflammatories (e.g. Advil, ibuprofen, Aleve) until specifically approved by
Do not take both aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications at the same time.
Please see separate physical therapy prescription. Call and make appointment with therapist
to start therapy in approximately 5-7 days. Bring prescription to first appointment.
Call for appointment with Dr. Battaglia. You should be seen in approximately 10-14 days.
Call your doctor if wound appears red or develops drainage, if extremity is cold to touch with
discoloration, numbness, tingling or excessive swelling, any excessive bleeding, fever above 101o, persistent nausea, vomiting or dizziness.
If you received general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, you should not drive a motor
vehicle, operate hazardous equipment, make any major decisions, or drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours.
Do not drive or operate heavy machinery or drink alcoholic beverages while taking pain
Refills on pain medication will only be provided during normal office hours Monday
through Friday. No refills will be given or called in after hours or on weekends.
For any problems or questions during normal weekday office hours, call your doctor’s office
directly. In case of emergency at night or on weekends, you may call the hospital and ask to
page the covering physician on call. Special instructions:
National Specialised Commissioning Group Ref 20/11 Commissioning Policy Targeted therapies for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension in adults September 2011 September 2012 http://www.yhscg.nhs.uk/Downloads/CommissioningPolicies2011-2012/20-11 - Targeted therapies for pulmonary hypertension COMMISSSIONING POLICY TARGETED THERAPIES FOR THE TREATMENT OF PULMONAR
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