Depending on the severity of your knee injury, or the extensiveness of your surgery, your physician may require the following post-operatively:
Large ace from foot to thigh
Full weight bearing
During the first 48 hours post-op, you should keep your leg elevated above your heart. Keep on dressing and ace bandage.
Keep the dressing and ace bandage clean and dry. DO NOT REMOVE until 1 day after surgery. After 1 day, you may remove the ace bandage and gauze, but you must keep puncture wounds covered with band-aids. If you have small steri-strips on the incisions, DO NOT remove those. Simply cover with band-aids. You may shower on 3rd day after surgery.
You my exercise by doing the following:
Ankle Pumps – With brace on, pump your ankle up and down.
Straight Leg Raises – Lifting your entire leg straight up and down.
Knee Flexion – You may also work on bending, or flexion, of your knee according to your physician’s instructions.
You may ice your knee, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Never apply ice directly to skin.
Take pain medication is directed by your physician.
Try to sleep with your leg elevated above your heart using pillows.
Call the office if you have a temperature above 101.0, any drainage or unusual redness.
Call the office within 2 days after you surgery to schedule a post-op visit with your physician.