Following day and overnight surgical procedures Dr Prodger reviews his patients ten to fourteen days after surgery. At the post surgery consultation Dr Prodger will review the wound and if necessary remove stitches.
It is important upon discharge from hospital that you keep your wound clean and dry until your postoperative appointment with Dr Prodger. If you have any concerns regarding your wound you should contact your general practitioner or Dr Prodger for further advice.
Joint Replacement Surgery
It is important to continue to use compression stocking for four weeks after surgery. For Total Hip Replacement surgery adhere to hip precautions for 6 weeks as discussed with you whilst an inpatient.
Knee Arthroscopic Surgery
It is important to continue to ice your knee for 15-20 minutes three to four times a day to manage any postoperative swelling. It is important when icing to ensure that the ice pack is not applied directly to the skin but is wrapped in a towel.
Signs of a potential blood clot
It is important to contact your general practitioner or Dr Prodger if you notice any of the following signs:
- Increasing pain in your calf.
- Increasing redness below your knee.
- Increasing swelling in your calf, ankle and foot.
Signs of a potential blood clot that has travelled to your lungs
It is important that you seek emergency assistance by calling an ambulance if you experience any of the following:
- Sudden shortness of breath.
- Sudden chest pain.
- Localised chest pan with coughing.