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Apart from the specific instructions given to you depending on the type of surgery you have undergone, the basic general instructions that you should follow after your surgery are as follows:

  • Take pain relieving and other medications as advised. Pain relieving medication should be taken with food. After the first 48 hours of surgery, take the pain medication only when needed.
  • Do not drink alcohol, drive a vehicle, operate any machinery, or sign a legal document for the first 24 hours after the surgery as the effects of the sedative and/or the anesthesia administered during the surgery may last for the first 24 hours of the surgery.
  • Use ice packs to control swelling. However, make sure that the ice bag does not leak into the dressing. Ice packs can be used liberally for the first 48 hours and even later, if required.
  • Follow the specific restriction of activity, as advised. Remember that it is easier to prevent developing pain rather than managing it once it has already developed. Rest for a few days after the surgery and keep the operated extremity elevated, above the level of your heart, to control swelling.
  • Keep the dressing clean and dry to promote wound healing.
  • Try to begin physical therapy a day or two after the surgery. Exercises in the first week are usually aimed at regaining joint motion. Strengthening exercises are initiated later. Regular exercises are critical for a successful outcome. 
  • Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated drinks.
  • Schedule your follow-up appointment with your doctor as advised.

Please consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Increased drainage from the incision
  • Increased redness around the operated area
  • Increased swelling that does not decrease with ice and elevation
  • Foul odour
  • Fever greater than 101°F
  • Coldness, numbness or blanched white or bluish colour of the fingers or toes
  • Sudden calf pain or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

Postop Protocols

Shoulder Postop Protocols

AC Reconstruction Postop Info

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Postop Info

Clavicle Fracture Postop Info

Labral Repair Stabilization Postop Info

Postop PT Shoulder - AC Reconstruction

Postop PT Shoulder - Anterior Labral Repair

Postop PT Shoulder - Bristow Or Latarjet Coracoid Transfer

Postop PT Shoulder - Capsular Release For Frozen Shoulder

Postop PT Shoulder - Clavicle Fracture

Postop PT Shoulder - Impingement

Postop PT Shoulder - Pec Repair

Postop PT Shoulder - Posterior Labral Repair

Postop PT Shoulder - Prox Humerus Fracture

Postop PT Shoulder - Rotator Cuff Repair

Postop PT Shoulder - RTSA

Postop PT Shoulder - SLAP

Postop PT Shoulder - TSA

Elbow Postop Protocols

Distal Biceps Tendon Repair Postop Info

Elbow Arthroscopy Postop Info

Elbow Fracture Postop Info

Epicondylitis Postop Info

UCL Reconstruction Postop Info

Postop PT Elbow - Distal Biceps Reconstruction (chronic)

Postop PT Elbow - Distal Biceps Repair

Postop PT Elbow - Distal Triceps

Postop PT Elbow - LUCL Repair or Reconstruction

Postop PT Elbow - Olecranon Fracture

Postop PT Elbow - Radial Head Fracture


Knee Postop Protocols

ACL Reconstruction Postop Info

Cartilage Repair Postop Info

Knee Arthroscopy Postop Info

Meniscus Repair Postop Info

MPFL Patellar Realignment Postop Info

MPFL Reconstruction Postop Info

Multiligament Knee Postop Info

Postop PT Knee - Acl

Postop PT Knee - Cartilage Repair

Postop PT Knee - Meniscal Debridement

Postop PT Knee - Meniscal Repair

Postop PT Knee - Meniscal Root Repair

Postop PT knee - MPFL + TTO

Postop PT knee - MPFL

Postop PT Knee - MUA Or LOA

Postop PT Knee - Multilig

Postop PT Knee - Patella Fracture

Postop PT Knee - Patellar Or Quad Tendon Repair

postop PT knee - PCL

Foot & Ankle Postop Protocols

5th Mt Orif Postop Info

Achilles Tendon Repair Postop Info

Ankle Fracture Orif

Postop PT Ankle - Achilles Tendon Repair

Postop PT Ankle - Fracture

Hip Postop Protocols

Postop PT Hip - Fracture

Postop PT Hip - Proximal Hamstring Repair

Hand & Wrist Postop Protocols

Hand Surgery Post Op Info

Postop PT Hand Fracture

Postop PT Wrist - Fracture

Nonop Protocols

Shoulder Nonop Protocols

Nonop PT Shoulder - AC Separation Fracture

Nonop PT Shoulder - Anterior Dislocation

Nonop PT Shoulder - Arthritis

Nonop PT Shoulder - Calcific Tendonitis

Nonop PT Shoulder - Clavicle Fracture

Nonop PT Shoulder - Frozen Shoulder

Nonop PT Shoulder - General

Nonop PT Shoulder - GIRD

Nonop PT Shoulder - Impingement

Nonop PT Shoulder - MDI

Nonop PT Shoulder - Posterior Dislocation

Nonop PT Shoulder - Prox Humerus Fracture

Nonop PT Shoulder - Rotator Cuff Tear

Nonop PT Shoulder - SLAP

Elbow Nonop Protocols

Nonop PT Elbow - Epicondylitis

Nonop PT Elbow - General

Nonop PT UCL Nonoperative Treatment

Knee Nonop Protocols

Nonop PT Knee - ACL Prehab

Nonop PT Knee - ACL

Nonop PT Knee - Arthritis

Nonop PT Knee - General

Nonop PT Knee - Hamstring Strain

Nonop PT Knee - Meniscus Tear

Nonop PT Knee - Patellofemoral

Foot & Ankle Nonop Protocols

Nonop PT Ankle - Achilles Tendonitis

Nonop PT Ankle - Fracture

Nonop PT Ankle - Sprain

Hip Nonop Protocols

Nonop PT Hip - FAI

Nonop PT Hip - General

Hand & Wrist Nonop Protocols

Nonop PT Hand

Nonop PT Wrist - Fracture

Spine Nonop Protocols

Nonop PT Spine - Cervical

Nonop PT Spine - Lumbar

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