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Recovery Phase 1

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Recovery Phase 1
(1-2 Days to Complete)

MEDICATIONS

  • Your pain medication may be given to you by pills, shots, epidural pump or IV, as ordered by your physician.

  • You will receive IV antibiotics to prevent infection.

  • You may receive blood thinners to prevent blood clots (if ordered by your physician).
ACTIVITY
  • You should begin your ankle pump exercises as soon as possible after surgery. You should do these every 1-2 hours while awake.

  • The plexi-pulse machine will be started in the recovery room; this helps prevent blood clots.

  • Your nurse will help turn you in bed every 2-4 hours. A special pillow will be kept between your legs while you are in bed.

  • Physical Therapy will begin to work with you on ROM (range of movement) and strengthening exercises, as well as assisting you with transferring in and out of bed and use of a walker.
BREATHING EXERCISES
  • Deep breathing and using your incentive spirometer every 1-2 hours while awake will prevent pneumonia.
DIET
  • You will have ice chips and progress to clear liquid and solid food as tolerated.
BATHROOM
  • A urinary catheter may be in place after surgery; it will be removed when you are able to get out of bed to the bedside commode.
PLANNING YOUR RETURN HOME
  • You will meet with the discharge planner who will help to make arrangements for equipment you may need at home, physical therapy, and nursing care if ordered.
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