Pre & Post Op Instructions:
Preparing for Surgery – Showering Instructions
Preventing an infection before, during and after surgery is an important part of a quick and safe recovery. You play an important role in preventing surgical site infection.
7 days prior to surgery: do not shave the skin around your surgery site.
3 days prior to surgery: apply bacitracin ointment to your nasal cavity before bed every night.
The night before surgery and morning of surgery: shower using Hibiclens or antibacterial soap. Do not use deodorant, lotions, powders or oils afterward. Remove all body piercings and jewelry until after surgery.
When it comes to surgery, planning ahead is important. Please do not hesitate to contact your doctor or orthopedic navigator with any questions. Please notify us if there’s any change in your health (cold, fever, sore throat, etc.).
Cold Therapy - Polar Care
Why Cold Therapy?
Cold therapy treatment (or cryotherapy) assists in the management of pain and inflammation typical of orthopedic injury or surgery. Motorized (pump-driven) cold therapy is a convenient and comfortable solution to gel pads and ice packs. The Breg Polar Care equipment provides convenient, constant relief to our patients. The pads conform to injured extremities, delivering cold therapy directly to the desired body part. The polar care device constantly circulates ice water through the unit to maintain its temperature, eliminating the need to constantly replace or exchange ice bags.
*Please note ice packs and gel pads deliver similar benefit as motorized polar devices.
Benefits of Polar Care
- Reduces pain associated with swelling, inflammation & muscle spasms
- Delivers constant, comfortable temperature
- More convenient and less mess than ice or gel packs
- Helpful controlling pain immediately following surgery
How to Use
With the addition of ice and water, patients receive 6-8 hours of effortless cold therapy. Follow instructions provided by the manufacturer on how to operate and guidelines for use provided by your Surgeon. Typically, our recommendation is to use continuously for the first 48 hours after surgery. For the next 5-7 days, use 3-5 times per day in 30-45 minutes increments. After that, it can be used as needed for pain. Please note that a barrier must be placed between the cooling bladder and the patient’s skin (a thin kitchen towel works well) to avoid skin irritation and frostbite.
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The polar units are not covered by insurance. Please contact our care team for more information on purchasing the unit.
Recovering from Surgery - Wound Care
Proper wound care is important to improve healing and prevent infection. Care for your incision to avoid pain and discomfort and to help lower the risk of problems like infection. Keep the area clean and dry, change the dressing according to instructions and watch for signs of infection.
Wound care tips for reducing infection:
- Keep your incision clean and dry
- Change dressing as recommended by your physician
Look for signs of infection and call our office if:
- Persistent fever (higher than 100 degrees orally)
- Abnormal drainage
- Increasing pain with both activity and rest
- Increasing redness, tenderness or swelling of the incision wound
- Do not scrub or rub the incision
- Do not use lotion or powder on the open wound
- Do not expose incision to sunlight
You may notice some soreness, tenderness, tingling, numbness, and itchiness around the incision. You may have some normal drainage, either bloody or clear with a yellow tint. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office.
Shoulder Rehab Exercise
The JPL (Jean Pierre Liotard) Technique is a rehabilitation protocol for certain shoulder surgical patients. This may include but is not limited to shoulder arthroscopy procedures such as Rotator Cuff Repair, Biceps Tenodesis, Shoulder Arthroplasty and Proximal Humerus Fractures.
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