Following surgery, you will be monitored closely in the recovery room. From there, you may go to an intensive care unit, if needed. Once you are stable, you will be moved to a regular hospital room. Your leg may swell and be painful, but you may be given medication to control pain and prevent infection. As You Regain Strength
You will start walking soon. Walking is an important part of your recovery. Walking reduces swelling and helps your incision heal. Walking also prevents lung problems, such as pneumonia. The sooner you recover in the hospital, the sooner you can go home. Wear slippers or shoes to protect your feet. Elevate your leg whenever you are sitting. Tell a nurse right away if you have chest pain, foot pain, or shortness of breath. Also let your surgeon know if your incision is draining or if you have constipation. Recovering At Home
You can leave the hospital when your surgeon says it is OK. Be sure to have someone drive you. Expect to have some leg swelling after surgery. This will lessen over time. No matter what procedure you have, these measures help your body heal more quickly:
- Keep your appointments with your surgeon so they can check your leg.
- Take medications as directed.
- Care for incisions as instructed.
- Shower or take sponge baths. Don’t take a tub bath without your doctor’s okay. Avoid skin burns by testing the temperature of the water beforehand.
- Don’t stand or sit with your feet down for too long. When you sit, raise your foot as high as you comfortably are able by placing a pillow under your calf for support.
- Have staples or sutures removed when your doctor recommends.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Try to walk a little farther each day.