You will have a wrap around your knee after coming out of surgery. AFTER 72 HOURS, You may remove this wrap, leaving the small, steri strips in place. Leave these on until follow-up. If they fall off, place a bandaid over the incision.
Keep the incision dry. You may shower if you can keep it dry at all times. We recommend covering it with plastic wrap. (Glad press’n seal works well for this).
You will be sent home with an ice pack. This should be used as much as tolerated for the first week. Do not place it directly on your skin. It will help with both pain and swelling.
Do not place any lotions or ointments on your incisions until instructed.
Unless told otherwise, if you are placed in a brace, you are to keep it on at ALL times. This includes sleeping.
If you come out of surgery without a brace, then Dr. Ramirez has decided that you do not need to use one. You may be weight bearing as tolerated.
You will be given further instructions on physical therapy on your first post-operative visit. Until then, no PT is necessary.
If you are having pain despite taking the pain medication, you may try over the counter Extra-Strength Tylenol in addition to your narcotic pain medicine. This can act as an adjuvant medication. Please do not take any NSAIDs (Advil, Aleve, Motrin) unless instructed, as this can delay healing.
Please remember that every patient is different. These are the guidelines that cover the majority of cases, but Dr. Ramirez will tell you any additional specific instructions that he deems appropriate after your operation. Please call with any questions.
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