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Frequently Asked Questions After Surgery

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1.What should I do if my foot is throbbing or exceptionally painful?

  • Your foot will often swell after surgery and sometimes this can cause the ace wrap put on by the hospital to become rather tight. Loosening the ace wrap on the outside can help decrease the pain and give you more breathing room. As you do this, be sure to leave the gauze that is on the wound in tact so that your blood is able to clot and start to heal.

2.What if it is bleeding more than normal?

  • If it is bleeding more than normal you can always add more gauze under the ace bandage. Never take the gauze on there off, because this will only reopen the wound in the places it has already clotted and will make it bleed more. So, add the gauze on top of what is already on there. Also be sure to give us a call when you do this so we can determine what the next course of action is.

3.Why does my foot have to stay dry until the stitches come out?

  • We ask that you keep your foot dry for two weeks after surgery or until the stitches come out. You can do this by putting a plastic bag over your foot in the shower. This will help us make sure that the area under the skin doesn’t become infected.

4.What if my pain medication is making me nauseous?

  • If this is occurring, be sure to give us a call. We will be able to let you know what your other options are. Most of time this sick feeling goes away after the patient is prescribed nausea medication. We may also have a completely different option for you entirely.

5.What if my foot is feeling numb after surgery?

  • The nerves in the foot after surgery can take up to a month to wake up. When they do wake up the patient may experience shooting pains.

6.What if I can’t ice the area directly?

  • If you are unable to ice the area directly, because of the wrapping, putting ice directly under the knee of the same leg will also help. The easiest way to do this is to use a frozen water bottle.

7.How long will I be in the boot after surgery?

  • Bone takes 6-8 weeks to heal, but most patients are able to take the boot off at four. An x-ray will be taken at a follow-up appointment after surgery before the patient is cleared to do so.

8.What if I am having trouble getting around?

  • We recommend that patients are moving as quickly as possible after surgery. Doing so helps them get their regular range of motion back more quickly. However, if you are having problems getting around a prescription for a knee scooter can be sent in.

*Be sure to call us with any other questions you may have 801-756-0765. We have a 24 hour line so; you will be able to get a hold of the doctor night or day. Just be sure to leave a message and Dr. Gibson will get back to you as soon as possible.

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