Before leaving hospital, be sure to know the following:
- How to move safely
- How to get in and out of bed
- How to walk with a walker
- How to climb stairs if you need to
- Equipment you might need at home
- What home care arrangements have been made
- What symptoms should be reported to your surgeon
- How long to wait before reporting unexpected symptoms
- When you should follow-up with your surgeon and primary care physician
- Know your medication schedule for home
- Phone numbers to call back if you have questions for surgeon, case management
This is the most important time of the healing process. You are in the comfort of your home; you can make your own schedule and have meals you like. Please make sure you are staying active, doing your exercises, properly controlling your pain and eating healthy food.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you should contact your surgeon. Do call your surgeon’s office without waiting for the symptoms to get worse.
- Fever greater than 101 degrees for more 24 hours
- Surgical site shows increasing redness, draining or swelling
- Sudden increase in leg pain
- Numbness or weakness in the surgical leg
- Chest pain or difficulty breathing
- Calf pain with or without redness and swelling
Please call the home health agency if you have not received a call from them within 48 hours of going home from the hospital.
Driving and bathing in a tub should be discussed with your surgeon.
Please follow up with your primary care doctor and keep your scheduled follow up appointment with the surgeon.