Lower extremity surgery can be taxing in ways that patients don’t expect. Crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs can be difficult on the arms or just plain clumsy. An effective compromise is a wheel walker (commonly known as a Roll-A-Bout™). These devices are portable, mobile, and nimble. Orthopædic and Sports Medicine of Norman conveniently has these units for sale or rent. Ask your physician if one of these might be right for you.
We often get the question of what’s better: heat or ice? In the case of surgical incisions most surgeons agree; it’s cold.
Ice therapy units are cooling chests that circulate a slurry of water and ice continuously through a pad attached to the machine. This helps control post op pain and limit swelling, both of which can slow healing.
It has been our experience that patients recover better and feel less discomfort after their surgeries. We offer these units for sale and rent. Please ask your physician if these are appropriate for you.
- Elevate, elevate, elevate. Elevate your injured arm or leg above your heart by propping it up on pillows or some other support. Elevation allows clear fluid and blood to drain downhill to you heart.
- Apply ice to the splint or cast. Place the ice in a dry bag or ice pack and loosely wrap it around the splint or cast at the level of injury. Ice that is packed in a rigid container and touches the cast at only one point will not be effective.
- Move your uninjured but swollen fingers or toes gently and often.
- Keep your splint or cast clean and dry.
- Do not pull out the padding from your splint or cast.
- Do not stick ANYTHING inside your cast for any reason, including powders and deodorant.
- Do not modify your cast on your own.