Q. Will my leg swell after surgery?
A. It is very common to experience swelling after surgery, this can usually occur 3-4 days after surgery. The more activities and physical therapy you perform, the more swelling you may experience.
Remember the RICE protocol and continue to rest, ice, and elevate, especially after physical therapy.
Q. Will I have bruising after surgery?
A. Yes, you will have significant bruising after surgery, but everyone is different. Some will only experience redness around the incision; others may have bruising down the entire leg, and both are very normal.
Q. What should I expect my activity level to be?
A. Every patient is different. Every day you should be increasing your activity level, but let your pain level and swelling be your guide. Approximately around 6 weeks after surgery, you will be 90 percent recovered and the remaining ten percent will come within the next year.
Q. How much weight can I put through my leg after surgery?
A. Put as much weight as you can tolerate through your surgical leg immediately after surgery. The term is “weight bearing as tolerated.” Your physical therapist will instruct you on how to use your assistive device in order to perform this properly.
Q. I just had hip replacement surgery. How long will I have restrictions?
A. There are three positions you need to avoid for three weeks to decrease the risk of dislocating your hip. The positions include: no crossing your legs at the knee, ankles or ankle over knee, no twisting/rotating at your hip, and no bending at your waist past 90 degrees.
Q. When can I shower or bathe after surgery?
A. You can shower the day after surgery. To ensure that your incision heals properly, we do not want you to bathe or get into a swimming pool until your post-op appointment 3-4 weeks after surgery.
Q. What about using a hot tub or whirlpool?
A. Because of the heat and bacteria in the water, we do not want you to use a hot tub or whirlpool for six weeks.
Q. How long do I have to wear stockings?
A. You should wear the compression stockings on both legs for three weeks. Keep the compression stockings on during the day and remove them at night.
Q. When can I restart the meds I was told to stop prior to surgery?
A. Unless indicated, you can resume your medications the night of surgery. Please contact one of Dr. Berger’s nurses if you have any questions.
Q. I just had a knee replacement. Is it normal to hear clicking in my knee after surgery?
A. You may hear clicking in the knee after surgery and this is normal. It is usually more noticeable after surgery when you have swelling. As the swelling decreases the clicking may become less noticeable.
Q. I just had knee replacement. Will I be able to kneel after surgery?
A. We recommend waiting six months before kneeling. Although it will not damage the prosthesis to kneel, many patients find it mildly uncomfortable to do so. We always recommend placing a cushion under your knee to help alleviate the discomfort
Q. When should I take antibiotics? Who will give me the antibiotics? How long should I take the antibiotics? You should take antibiotics before the following procedures:
- ANY dental procedure, including teeth cleanings
- Any infection
- Liver biopsy
- Genitourinary instrumentation
- Prostate and bladder surgery
- Kidney surgery
- Vaginal exams and GYN surgery
- Barium enema
Please contact the office to obtain the antibiotic from Dr. Berger. Do not schedule any of the above appointments starting 3 weeks before the surgery and 3 months after surgery. This is a lifelong precaution.