Discharge information folder

Information for orthopaedic patients

Information folder for orthopaedic patients

Pain

You can expect pain and tenderness around the surgical wound the following months after the operation, but it should be decreasing over time.

Contact your general practitioner (GP) if you will need further information about your pain relief plan.

Your GP will talk to you about reducing your pain relief medication after removal of stitches or clips.

The surgical wound

The skin is starting to heal during the first 24 hours after the surgery. In rare cases infection can occur and therefore it is important to keep attention with signs of infection as; redness, heat, increasing pain, yellow/greenish thick liquid seepage from the surgical wound and fever. If signs of infection appear, contact the department.
 
If the wound was closed with non-dissolvable stiches they will be removed at your GP or in the ambulatory. If it will take place in the ambulatory, you will receive an appointment in your E-boks. Was it closed with clips, you will receive a clip remover to bring to your GP.

Hygiene

Whether the wound was closed with stiches or clips you can shower as normal and gently dry the wound with a clean towel.

Bathing in ocean weather or swimming pools is not recommended until the stiches are removed and the wound has healed completely.

We recommend that you cover the wound with clothes or dressing if it’s exposed to sun as the skin in the surgical area is very sensitive.

Dressing

24 hours after the surgery a dressing isn’t needed unless signs of seepage. But some patients find it practical and comfortable covering the wound because of different types of clothing.

The dressing is water resistant, but does the dressing get wet underneath you will need to change it to a new and dry dressing.

Physical activity

The physiotherapist from the ward will instruct you in exercises, restrictions and the level of physical activity recommended.

If the surgeon finds it necessary, a physiotherapist will make a rehabilitation plan for you.  The rehabilitation plan will be sent to your municipality at the time of discharge. The municipality will contact you with information about your rehabilitation.

Nutrition

We recommend a balanced healthy diet containing meat and fish, rice, whole grain bread, pasta, potatoes, fruits and vegetables. It is important to stay hydrated as well. This will help a good environment for your stomach and avoid constipation.

Do you have questions regarding your surgical wound after discharge contact our department.

Department 2164: 3545 2164
Department 3161: 3545 3162
Department 3083: 3545 3083
Outpatient clinic: 3545 3004

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