Dos and Don’ts After Orthopedic Surgery
Surgeries are only suggested when other treatment methods fail or the condition is so severe that no time is there to try non-surgical techniques. Though anesthesia is always given before surgery to avoid pain, it could be experienced after surgery.
If we talk about surgeries that are performed to treat orthopedic conditions, they are also recommended in severe cases and when non-surgical methods do not work. There are always certain dos and don’ts that need to be followed post-surgery to ensure better recovery and minimize the risk of complications. Orthopedic surgeries also involve application of Orthopaedic Trauma Implants like Orthopedic Locking Compression Plate, Hand Fracture Plate, External Fixator, and others. Thus, one needs to be extra careful after the surgery.
In this post, we will discuss the dos and don’ts after surgery in detail. Let us dive deep into the topic.
What to do and what not to do after orthopedic surgery?
What To Do
Follow Doctor’s Instructions
Following everything said by the doctor is very important after surgery as he/she guides the patients about being safe and ensuring improved recovery. Besides this, the doctor will also suggest activities that should be performed and activities that should be avoided. So, be careful with what the doctor has to say.
Complete Medicine’s Course
After surgery, it is advised to take all the medicines timely and in the prescribed quantity to keep infections and other complications at bay. Also, make sure to complete the duration of medicines prescribed by the doctor.
While on the other hand, if you find any side effects due to medicines, don’t stop them on your own. Simply consult the doctor on an immediate basis and let him/her do the job of stopping or changing the drugs.
Look for the Infection
Infection in or around the surgical wound is often experienced by the patients after surgery. A smart patient is one who can identify early signs of infection. In such cases, the patients can consult a doctor timely for the same and manage the infection before it becomes complicated. So, look for early signs of infections and they may include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Recurring pain
- Excessive swelling and redness on the surgical wound
Be Regular for Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is advised in most cases after orthopedic surgeries, and this is done to improve the range of motion, strengthen muscles, and ensure quick & better recovery. So, it is advised not to miss physical therapy sessions.
What Not To Do
Miss Doctor’s Appointments
Regular visits to the doctor on said dates are important to let the doctor check the recovery progress and identify signs of any complications as early as possible. This will help avoid serious problems and ensure better recovery. The doctor can only increase, decrease, or stop the medicines after monitoring your condition regularly. So, missing even single appointment could be harmful.
Do Not Smoke
Smoking is dangerous and if you do the same after surgery, healing progress gets delayed. Tobacco reduces the oxygen supply to the wound and this delays the recovery. So, do not smoke for 2-3 months after surgery, and quitting smoking will be much better.
Watch Out for Your Activities
Do not try to do rigorous activities or activities that put a lot of stress on your body. This could displace the implant placed or even damage it. In such an event, repeat surgery may be required. So, only perform light activities after orthopedic surgery, at least for a couple of months. Do consult the doctor as well on this point.
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