For patients who had surgery
After discharge from the hospital
You will have your discharge report with you and we suggest that you visit your family doctor after surgery if you have any concern about your recovery. In your discharge report your postoperative restrictions and suggested physiotherapy will be described. We suggest that you adhere to all restrictions and visit your home physiotherapist regularly. Adherence to the postoperative restrictions is very important after surgery and we want our patients to be serious about them. Restrictions might refer to certain set of movements or weight bearing.
Keep in mind, complete recovery can only be achieved with appropriate physiotherapy. Following spinal anaesthesia you might experience slight headache. In case of emerging severe headaches that are accompanied by vertigo and nausea you have to see your doctor! After the surgery for a few days or weeks certain level of pain is expected. We suggest that you take appropriate amount of pain killers to manage your post-operative pain. Following surgery somewhat higher temperature (subfebrility) might occur and it should not necessarily be alarming. However, if you develop high fever, shivering, or significant discharge from the wound it is paramount to see your doctor immediately! Swelling of the operated extremity is not uncommon. Hematoma, discoloration is often normal after surgery and does not need any medical treatment as it is self-limiting. If you develop sudden change in size of your extremity, severe swelling and pain or breathing difficulties you have to see your doctor immediately!
Follow up visit
Your follow up visit date will be suggested in your discharge report. If appropriate stitches can be removed between day 7 and 14. Oftentimes wounds are closed using absorbable sutures and removal of stitches is not needed in thosecases. Some patients from rather remote areas might opt not to come back for follow up but attend a home orthopedic practitioner for follow-up visits. If you had any concerns, questions or if your doctor has any question about your status, please do not hesitate to contact us.