Westlake Kensington Square, 28687 Center Ridge Road
(440) 871-3400

Lakewood 3386 Warren Road
(216) 671-7440

Lorain 1740 Cooper Foster Park Rd. West Suite B
440-282-1221

Wellington 508 Dickson St.
1-888-961-8038

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After Surgery Instructions

  1. Immediately after the procedure, go home. No errand is important enough to warrant your endangering you health and well being.
  2. You may get up for meals, and to go to the bathroom as needed, but do not put any weight on the foot that was operated on. Remain with no weight on the foot where surgery was performed until informed otherwise by your surgeon. Wear your surgical shoe or CAM walker at all times and to bed until you are told it is OK to remove the device.
  3. Be careful with the foot and the dressing where the surgery was performed, Above all do not get the dressing dirty or wet; that can lead to extremely serious infections.
  4. You have been given prescriptions to minimize discomfort. Have them filled as soon as possible. Start taking the medication as soon as your feel any discomfort in the foot as the anesthesia begins to wear off.
  5. Instructions are printed on the medication; read and follow them carefully. Overuse of narcotics or underuse of antibiotics can lead to serious complications.
  6. ICE is a very important to control swelling and, therefore, control pain and speed up healing. Place a bag of frozen vegetables in a thin towel and place it on your foot; if it becomes too cold or painful, remove it and retry in 15 minutes. You should have the cold pack on your ankle at least 15 minutes out of each hour for the first few days, except when sleeping. Do not use cold water bottles as they can leak and wet the dressing, and do not put cold directly on exposed skin or on the incision.
  7. Elevate you're the treated foot 6 inches above your hip; a few pillows under the heel in a recliner should be fine. Do not let the foot hang down while seated, and keep standing to a minimum until told differently by your surgeon.
  8. Check your temperature before meals; if it climbs above 101.0 degrees F, call your or page your surgeon.
  9. Do not smoke after surgery as it will slow the healing process. Also remember if you smoke while taking narcotics you put yourself in danger of starting a fire.
  10. If you follow these instructions, you should have no problems. If you have any questions or have any complications please feel free to contact your surgeon at 440-871-3400 or 216 861-8655.
  11. The first 72 hours are the most difficult. You need to relax and remember you are now on the road to recovery and that the pain will diminish as the days progress.

Additional Information:

A surgical procedure has just been performed on your foot. The amount of pain and swelling will vary from one patient to the other, and may be made worse be swelling and physical activity. In many cases the foot may become "black and blue" or discolored. This is normal. Puffiness of the foot is also a normal reaction of your body to surgery.The usual swelling period lasts a few weeks and may happen sporadically for 2-6 months. Generally speaking, this is not an exciting time, but if you follow all the above instructions things will resolve efficiently and completely.
Sincerely,
Dr. Tom Corrigan.

Office Hours for Corrigan Podiatry

Westlake

9:00 - 5:00

Warren Rd.

Closed

Westlake

9:00 5:00

Warren Rd.

9:00 - 12:00

Westlake

9:00 - 5:00

Warren Rd.

Closed

Westlake

9:00 4:00

Warren Rd.

9:00 - 12:00

Westlake

9:00 4:00

Warren Rd.

Closed

Two a month Westlake / Lakewood

With full

Surgery staff

9:00 - 12:00

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Wellington

One Saturday / Month

We will be happy to visit qualified homebound patients.

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