Post Discharge Total Joint CenterServices

Body changes

Decrease in diet is normal. Increase amount of fluids in your diet. Over time, your diet will return to normal. You may experience difficulty sleeping which is normal. Try not to sleep too much during the day. Constipation may occur. Activity aids in the prevention and treatment of constipation. Increase the amount of fluids and fiber in your diet.

Incision site care

Keep your incision clean and dry. Do not change your dressing unless instructed to by your surgeon. Do not shower until your surgeon gives approval. Notify your surgeon if increased drainage, redness, pain or odor around the incision becomes apparent.

Signs of a blood clot

Signs of a blood clot include swelling in the thigh, calf or ankle on either leg that does not subside with elevation. Pain or tenderness in calf, redness of calf or a warm feeling or shiny appearance of the leg can also be signs for a blood clot.

Blood Clot prevention

  • Frequent changes in body position
  • Walking
  • Ankle pumps
  • Ensuring that you receive the recommended duration of the blood thinner prescribed at discharge
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time

When traveling, stop every one to two hours and change positions whether in a car or airplane.