If you’re baking a cake, but don’t follow the recipe correctly, the end result is probably not going to turn out very good. There are definitely times when following exact instructions is important to ensure optimum results. This is not only true in the kitchen, but also if you’re recovering from nerve surgery.
As with any type of post-surgical care, strictly adhering to your doctor’s instructions is essential to proper healing and a smooth recovery. Dr. Brian McDowell will go over your at-home directions thoroughly with you and answer your questions prior to your release to make sure you understand all that is required.
Generally speaking, you should make sure to take medication as directed, and let us know if the medication is working for you. You can ice the area to relieve pain and swelling, but be sure to use a towel between the ice and your foot. Do not bear weight if you have been instructed not to do so. It’s best, especially in the days immediately following the surgery, to keep your foot elevated to help minimize inflammation. You should also avoid getting your incision wet, so take steps to keep your foot dry when you bathe. Dressings covering the surgical site should be changed regularly and kept clean and dry to protect the area from infection. Follow up visits need to be scheduled and kept, so we can ensure the healing process and recovery is going well.
It’s a good idea to get everything you need ready prior to your procedure, so that post-surgical care will go smoothly.
The amount of time it takes to recover from nerve surgery depends on the procedure and varies per person, but remember: no matter how long it takes, following instructions closely will help quicken your recovery and avoid problems along the way. Then, perhaps you can celebrate with cake! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our Carmichael, CA office at (916) 961-3434.