Do's and Don'ts After Total Joint Surgery
(The First 12 Weeks)
will be told how much weight bearing you can do prior
to your discharge. Do not advance this until you
have seen your physician or been instructed to increase
your weight bearing.
continue using the devices (crutches or walker) you have
been instructed to use. Do not change this assistive
device without checking with your physician.
continue to wear your elastic stockings until your 6 week
check-up. You may remove these at night when in bed or
for short periods during the day but in general these
need to be worn.
continue taking your pain medicine as needed. Call the
office if you need a refill, but remember to call in advance,
not when you only have one pain pill left. This is especially
important if you are taking a narcotic pain medicine because
in most instances these prescriptions CANNOT be
telephoned to your pharmacist. Prescriptions for a narcotic
medicine generally need to be picked up by a family member
or mailed to the patient, so keep this in mind.
maintain any and all position restrictions given to you
by your therapist or doctor.
call your surgeon's office if you have questions regarding
your progress or activities. Do not drive a car
or return to work unless you have first checked with your