Will I need
pain medicine after I'm discharged from the
Most patients do require a short term course
of pain medicine. Renewals on these prescriptions can be
obtained by calling our offices. Expect to be on some type of
pain medication for several weeks after discharge. Most
patients take these medications especially at night or before
How long will I
need to use my walker or crutches?
Walkers and/or crutches are used the 1st 6
weeks after surgery. You then will be allowed to use a cane
which again will be for 6 weeks. After that time, most
patients do not need any support for walking.
When can I go
From the physician's aspect, you may go
outside at any time. Comfort and safety should be the primary
guidelines for doing this. We suggest starting with short
trips at first, perhaps to therapy or church. Gradually
increase the number and length of outside activities as you
feel more comfortable.
When can I
Driving routinely is not permitted before 6
weeks from the time of your surgery. However, some physicians
will allow the patient to drive earlier if they feel the
patient can do so safely. The type of surgery, side of
surgery (left vs. right leg), and the patients overall
general condition plays a part in this decision.
If you feel you will need to drive
earlier than the 6 week routine prescribed, you should
discuss this with your surgeon and obtain his approval.