Frecuent Answer and Questions2023-05-18T02:16:51+00:00

 Are You Scheduled For A Procedure? Here Is A List Of Frequently Asked Questions.

How often should I ice?2023-04-23T13:56:57+00:00
  • l would ice as much as possible. The more you ice, the less swelling, the less pain you will have after surgery. Please make sure there is clothing between your skin and the ice/ice machine.
When can I shower?2023-04-23T13:56:11+00:00
  • You can shower in 2 days. Home Health Care Nursing will show you how to cover your incision(s).
When can I resume my normal medications?2023-04-23T13:55:29+00:00
  • You can resmne all your normal medications, including blood thinners the day after surgery
What kind of clothes should I wear?2023-04-23T13:54:44+00:00
  • I would wear loose fitting pants. The leg will be wrapped with an ace bandage.
Do I need to take the pain medicine?2023-04-23T13:52:48+00:00
  • Yes, l would take the painmedicine every 4-6 hours for the first 3 or 4 days to prevent breakthrough pain. You can transition to Tylenol as needed after that.
When can I walk?2023-04-23T13:52:03+00:00
  • You will be able to weight bear as tolerated right after surgery. You may want a cane or walker for support until you feel steady on your feet.
When can I swim?2023-04-23T13:51:23+00:00
  • Typically in 2-3 weeks, once the incisions have fully healed
When can I drive?2023-04-23T13:50:37+00:00
  • You will not be able to drive for 2 weeks if it’s the right knee. If surgery is for the left knee you can drive when you stop taking narcotic pain medication.
How big is the incision?2023-04-23T13:49:53+00:00
  • There will be 2 small incisions
How long Is surgery?2023-04-23T13:49:11+00:00
  • Surgery takes approximately 20-40 minutes
How often should I ice?2023-04-23T13:47:55+00:00
  • I would ice as much as possible, The more you ice, the less swelling, the less pain you will have after surgery. Please make sure there is clothing between your skin and the ice/ice machine.
When can I shower?2023-04-23T13:46:49+00:00
  • You can shower in 2 days. There is a waterprnof dressing that is placed over the incision that will be covered by gauze. Home Health Care Nursing will show you how to cover your incision(s).
When can I resume my normal medications?2023-04-23T13:45:28+00:00
  • You can resume all your normal medications, including blood thinners the day after surgery
What kind of clothes should I wear?2023-04-23T13:44:33+00:00
  • l would wear a loose button-down shirt or one size larger cotton I-shirt.
When should I stop my medications?2023-04-23T13:43:47+00:00
  • Stop all over the counter medications (fish oil, aspirin, vitamin E., etc.) one week before surgery. Stop prescription blood thinners (Warfarin, Eliquis, etc.) 3.5 days before surgery, as recommended by the prescribing physician.
When does physical therapy begin?2023-04-23T13:42:54+00:00
  • Physical therapy in the home will begin the day after surgery.
Do I need to take the pain medicine?2023-04-23T13:41:56+00:00
  • Yes, I would take the pain medicine every 4-6 hours for the first 3 or 4 days to prevent breakthrough pain. You can transition to Tylenol as needed after that.
When can I swim?2023-04-23T13:41:12+00:00
  • You will not be able to swim for at least 3-4 months. There is not enough strength in the arm to assist you if you were to slip or fall. You will be able to pool walk 6 weeks aHer surgery.
When can I drive?2023-04-23T13:40:11+00:00
  • You will not be able to drive for 5 weeks. It is illegal to drive with the sling in place.
How long do I have to wear the sling?2023-04-23T13:38:44+00:00
  • You will be wearing the sling with pillow for 5 weeks around the clock, including sleeping. You can remove the sling for physical therapy and hygiene.
How big is the incision?2023-04-23T13:37:56+00:00
  • There will be 3 small incisions and one 1 to 11⁄2 inch incision for the rotator cuff repair.
How long is surgery?2023-04-23T13:37:14+00:00
  • Surgery takes approximately l1⁄2 to 2 hours
How long will I be in the hospital?2023-04-23T13:36:29+00:00
  • 1-3 days. Outpatient surgeries will leave the same day.
When should I be concerned about swelling, warmth, or redness at my incision site?2023-04-23T13:34:54+00:00
  • There will be an expected moderate amount of swelling, redness and warmth at the incision site. You may also have drainage that is clear/blood tinged. You should report any changes that are extreme or sudden. Warmth and swelling can last approximately 6 months after surgery.
What are implants made of?2023-04-23T13:33:52+00:00
  • The implants used are a combination of cobalt chrome alloys, titanium, and polyethylene.
What equipment will I need?2023-04-23T13:33:14+00:00
  • You will need a walker and a cane for all surgeries. Prescriptions will be provided.
When will I be up and walking after surgery?2024-05-10T16:28:46+00:00
  • You will be ambulating the same day of surgery with physical therapy using a walker. The walker is provided by the hospital while you are there. You can put all of your weight on the operative side (unless other limitations ordered by the Doctor).
Who makes the arrangement for inpatient rehab following surgery if I chose to go?2024-05-10T16:29:45+00:00
  • Arrangement will be made while you are in the hospital. The case manager will help you determine which facilities accept your insurance. Our team will also discuss this with you at the pre-operative appointment
How long do I need to keep the abduction pillow between my legs (hips only)?2023-04-23T13:29:57+00:00
  • 2 weeks and then a small pillow can be used
How long do I maintain hip precautions?2023-04-23T13:29:17+00:00
  • 6 weeks following surgery
How long do I wear the white hose (TED hose, anti-embolism stocking)?2023-04-23T13:28:39+00:00
  • For 2 weeks after surgery. Please remove at night while sleeping
When are my follow-up visits after surgery?2023-04-23T13:27:45+00:00
  • 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year
  • Some visits will require an X-ray depending on type of surgery
When do I start using a cane?2023-04-23T13:26:47+00:00
  • Approximately 2 weeks after surgery. Physical therapy will help make that determination.
When can I resume sexual activity?2023-04-23T13:25:34+00:00
  • 6 weeks following surgery
How long will I be in physical therapy?2023-04-23T13:24:38+00:00
  • 6-12 weeks following surgery
Will I need documentation when I go through airport security?2023-04-23T13:23:57+00:00
  • This will be given to you at your post-op appointment
Will I have a CPM machine or cryo unit (ice)2024-05-10T16:31:00+00:00
  • CPM machines are not recommended at this time.
  • Cryo units are available for rent or for purchase. Ask the office for details.
When can I get a flu shot or any other vaccines?2023-04-23T13:22:20+00:00
  • Vaccine cannot be administered the 3 weeks prior to surgery and 3 weeks after surgery.
What procedures do I need to premedicate with antibiotics? How long do I need to take antibiotics after total joint replacement? Who prescribes the antibiotics?2023-04-23T13:21:36+00:00
  • Take antibiotics prior to any dental or cardiac procedure for 1 year after surgery. They can be prescribed by our office or the treating physician.
When is the dermabond glue removed?2023-04-23T13:20:57+00:00
  • 14 days after surgery by home health nurse or in the office at the post-operative visit. Steri-strips will be applied. They will fall off in approximately 1 week.
When can I shower?2023-04-23T13:20:00+00:00
  • Day after surgery. Do not cover the Derma bond glue. Pat dry with towel after shower
Return to Activities2023-04-23T13:19:09+00:00
  • Golf, Bowling, Softball, Dancing 6-12 weeks
  • Tennis/Pickleball 12 weeks
  • Swimming/Water aerobics- approximately 6 weeks, when the wound is healed
  • Gardening 12 weeks
When can I drive (golf cart or car)?2023-04-23T13:17:17+00:00
  • After left-sided surgery- 2 weeks (automatic only).
  • After right -sided surgery- 6 weeks

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