I've Completed Surgery

Your surgery is over and now you are in recovery! Follow these simple general protocols to ensure that you heal as quickly as possible. To download surgery specific post-operative protocols, please click here.

Anesthesia Precautions

  1. Get up slowly. You may be dizzy. Assistance may be needed
  2. Arrange for a responsible adult to remain with you for 24 hours. You may be drowsy, light-headed and forgetful. This is common.
  3. DO NOT drink alcohol, drive, or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours or while taking pain medication

Ice and Elevation Really Helps

Make sure you ice and elevate the affected area for 24-48 hours. This will help reduce swelling and pain. Use the ice for 15-20 minutes at a time, every 2-3 hours. Do not put the ice directly onto your skin. Put a wash cloth or hand towel on your skin first to protect it from too much ice.

Wound Care - Keep it Dry and Clean

Don't remove the dressing on your would for at least 48 hours, or when your doctor tells you to. Shower quickly and keep the wound covered. Use a a clean, dry gauze to clean the wound. DO NOT USE any ointments, creams, or lotions (including antibiotic or cortisone cream). Do not remove the wound closure strips (steri or proxy strips), if present on your incision. Place band-aids over the wounds.

*If you have had an ACL reconstruction surgery or plates/screws to treat a fracture, the dressing SHOULD NOT BE REMOVED until your follow-up appointment in our office.

Slings, Casts, Braces, and Crutches

Remain in your sling at all times except for showering and physical therapy. Keep casts dry and don't put anything inside them. If you are in a knee brace, leave it locked in extension or as set, until your first post-op appointment. The brace must be on to bear weight on your leg, if allowed. Weight bearing status can be full, touchdown, none, or with crutches/walker. You will receive crutches/walker if you do not have them.

Take Your Pain Medication

Make sure you take your pain medication as prescribed. It is advisable to take it with food. You may also resume your pre-operative medications, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Physical Therapy

A prescription for physical therapy will have been provided. Call your therapist and schedule an appointment for the day after surgery, unless instructed otherwise.

Contact the Us Immediately If...

Please contact Dr. Porter at (480) 262-9631 if any of the following occur after office hours. If it is during office hours, please call our office at (480) 659-4811 and we will page the doctor.

  • Signs of infection: redness, swelling, heat, red streaks around the surgical site
  • Excessive pain not relieved by pain medication
  • Fever, chills, shortness of breath
  • Prolonged nausea or vomiting
  • Numbness, tingling, discoloration at surgical area
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Choking or difficulty swallowing

Follow Up Appointment

You will have been given a card with your post-op appointment day and time. Please contact our office if you have questions regarding this appointment. If you don't have an appointment already, call us at (480) 659-4811 to schedule one.