If you experience any of the following, contact our office during business hours or go directly to the emergency room:
- A fever higher than 101°F for a sustained period of time that does not get better with medication
- Any severe pain that cannot be relieved by pain medication
- A sudden increase in pain
- Increased swelling, numbness, tingling or a change in sensation in your arm, leg or incision site
- A change in color or temperature of your hands, feet, fingers or toes
- Problems at the incision site, such as:
- Increasing redness and inflammation — especially if the redness spreads away from the incision site
- Any pus (thick yellowish or greenish liquid) coming from the incision site
- Increasing tenderness or discomfort that does not improve with time
If you have any questions about your injury, follow-up or billing, contact our clinic. We’d be glad to help.
If you need refills on your pain medication, contact your pharmacy or use our Patient Center.
Caring for a Splint or Cast
Keep your splint or cast clean and dry at all times. As often as possible, keep your injured arm or leg elevated above your heart — particularly during the first two weeks after your injury.
Caring for a Surgical Incision
If your incision is closed, you can take a shower three days after your surgery (with the doctor’s permission). Do not allow water to spray directly on the incision. Gently pat the area dry after showering and then apply dressings as directed.
If you have an open wound, never submerge the area in a bathtub, hot tub or pool — and do not expose it to a sauna or other high-moisture environments.
Keep recent incisions out of direct sunlight. Sun exposure may result in thicker and darker scars.
Keep ALL incisions clean and dry for two weeks after your surgery, unless otherwise directed. Do not use any lotions, ointments or oils on your incision. Do not attempt any scar massage techniques until approved at one of your follow-up visits.