This will depend on the surgery that Dr Balakumar undertakes. Although it is possible to provide rough estimates it is misleading as most patients have individualised treatment
Post Operative Instruction Sheet - Dr Jit Balakumar
It is recommended that you ice your surgery site. Ice in a bag with cloth covering can be used fairly consistently for the first 24 to 48 hours to help diminish the swelling. After the 48 hour period, if it is comfortable for you, you may apply ice packs to the hip 3-4 times per day for 30 minutes until swelling is resolved.
For the first two weeks until formal physical therapy, you may do the exercises advised by your doctor and therapist:
A prescription may have been provided for Valium and Indocid. Use as prescribed unless contradicted. Do not drive, operate machinery, or drink alcohol while on valium. Valium is used for muscle spasms and Indocid is used for prevention of heterotopic ossification (excess bone re-formation).
After surgery, there is a variable amount of pain and swelling, often depending on how much surgery was done. This usually diminishes after several days. It is helpful to keep the leg or arm elevated above your heart and to apply ice regularly.
Signs and symptoms to report:
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