What to Expect
After surgery, you will be moved to a recovery room. There, an ice pack may be applied to reduce any pain or swelling, and the area where the surgery took place may be elevated.
Your dressing should be kept clean and dry for at least the first 24 hours after surgery to help reduce the chance of infection. You will likely see some drainage on your dressing. This is normal.
When taking a shower, use a protective dressing as directed by your surgeon. Do not soak the treatment area in water.
You may experience some swelling and discomfort during the first few days after surgery, and your activity may be restricted temporarily.
Pain medication usually will be provided by your physician. Ask your nurse whether a prescription is available, and arrange for a family member to pick up your prescription.
If you have undergone surgery to the knee, foot or ankle, crutches may be helpful when walking.
Ice or cold packs may alleviate pain and help control swelling that may occur after surgery.