Hardware Removal Post Op Instructions


 Hardware removal post op instructions provide you with valuable information regarding you post-surgical experience.

  1. WOUND: You may shower on post-op day #5 if the incisions are dry and cover the incision while doing so.  Gently pat the area dry after showering.
  1. You may change your dressing on post op day 3 and daily thereafter (brown Mepalex dressing can be left on for 3-5 days if dry). Leave steri strips that are directly on the incision (if you have them) until they fall off on their own.
  2. You may see clear-bloody drainage from the incision sites. This is normal. HOWEVER, IF the incision is draining bright red blood or yellow, pus like fluid, notify the office immediately.


  1. ICE: You may use ice over the incision to decrease swelling and relieve pain, 3x/day for 20 minutes.


  1. ACTIVITY: Full weight bearing is advised after surgery, unless noted otherwise. Walk with an assisted device (crutches, cane, walker, etc.) until you feel comfortable and confident ambulating unassisted.


  1. COMPRESSION STOCKINGS: To prevent blood clots in your legs. Worn for 2-3 weeks.


  1. Pain Management: will be prescribed by our office unless you see a pain management specialist or was seen by them in the hospital in which case you will continue with medication prescribed by them


  1. DRIVING: Driving is not permitted for two weeks following your surgery. At two weeks it is permitted ONLY once you have stopped taking narcotic pain medication and feel you can drive safely.               


  1. POST OPERATIVE APPOINTMENT: Please call the office to schedule a follow-up appointment for 2-3 weeks post-operatively, if you do not already have an appointment scheduled.


  1. NOTIFY Dr. LaReau’s Office IMMEDIATELY if:
  1. You develop a Fever (>101 degrees)
  2. Redness over or around the incision or drainage from the incision site
  3. Unusual/sudden/persistent pain in your calf, knee, thigh, hip or chest
  4. Numbness or tingling in your foot or redness of the calf
  5. Uncontrolled and progressive worsening pain


Please note these instructions and restrictions may change on a patient-to-patient basis.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office.