General Post-Surgical Orthopaedic and Spine Care

Plan for your recovery. Even minor surgery requires special care. Whether it’s changing a bandage, monitoring the healing process or completing a regimen of exercise and physical therapy, planning ahead will reduce stress and allow family members and friends to offer you the best assistance possible.

Advance Planning

  • Transportation home after your surgery
  • Pharmacy to fill prescription
  • Someone available to you for at least 24 hours after you arrive home
  • A visible place to keep post-operative care instructions, medical contact names and other medical history information

We care about your recovery and can help make arrangements for you if necessary. Some tasks may incur a fee that may or may not be covered by your medical insurance. Most important is to prepare for your recovery time including being realistic about when you can return to work and your normal routine. Some people heal more quickly than others, however if you are concerned about your recuperation progress contact your physician.


Expect a prescription for medication upon discharge from the hospital. Please follow the instructions for administration closely.

Antibiotics – Take them until the bottle is completely finished.
Prescription refills – Make requests before 3:00 p.m. through your nurse.


Most often, an appointment will be made at the time of discharge from the hospital. If not, please call between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to schedule this appointment.


Check your incision at least twice daily for the first two (2) weeks for any sign of infection. These signs include increased warmth or redness to the area, swelling, discharge, or unexplained increasing pain in the incision not relieved by bed rest or local application of ice, five (5) to ten (10) minutes, three (3) times a day.

Specific Post Surgical Care for the following areas:


A small amount of reddish-brown drainage is not unusual for 1 to two (2) days. Please report any other type or amount of drainage to your physician. Please follow your physician recommendation regarding dressing changes for your procedure.


After all surgeries, inflammation is a natural process of healing. While we can take the "edge" off your pain, we cannot and do not want to block this process. Give your body time to heal.


  • Nurse using the phoneHave drainage and / or odor from your wound.
  • Your browser may not support display of this image.Have increased redness / swelling at the incision site, or unexplained increasing incision pain not relieved by bed rest.
  • Have fever greater than 101 degrees with sweats or chills.
  • Have new or unfamiliar pain or weakness in the arms or legs.
  • Have difficulty with urination or bowel movements, pain or numbness in the rectal, vaginal or scrotal area.