SI Fusion - Post Operative Instructions
Incision Care: If there is a dressing, you may remove it on the morning after surgery BEFORE your shower. If Surgical Glue is used expect it will slowly peel off within 14 days. Please call us with any changes or concerns such as: redness, swelling or drainage at incision site, or temperature greater than 101°. (Clear liquid drainage in the first 24 hours is normal).
Bathing: You may shower the morning or afternoon after surgery; avoid scrubbing the incision site for the first 3 days.No baths or swimming until approved by the physician or physician assistant at your follow up appointment.
For 6 weeks after surgery:
No strenuous activity
No lifting greater than 10lbs
Exercise: Increase your light activity each day, such as walking, as tolerated.
Driving: You may drive the day after the procedure if you feel okay to do so. Do not drive if you are taking pain medications.
Diet: Eat a healthy diet to promote healing.
Smoking: No smoking. Smoking decreases the rate of bone and skin healing and also interferes with the effectiveness of pain medication.
Follow-Up: You may experience soreness for up to 2 weeks. You will have a post-operative appointment approximately 2 weeks after surgery.
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