Fasciotomy

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Take any medication that your surgeon prescribed. Follow the directions carefully. Take all of the medication.

  • Ask your surgeon whether you can take over-the-counter medicines for pain, discomfort or fever. Do not take aspirin unless your healthcare provider says to. Aspirin increases the chances of bleeding.

  • Do not get the wound wet for the first few days after surgery (or until the surgeon tells you it is OK).

  • Usually you can start gentle exercises in a day or two. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for a list of what to do and what not to do.

  • You may need to return to the surgeon's office, clinic or hospital to have the dressing changed on the incision. At that point, the surgeon will decide whether anything more needs to be done to treat the wound area.

  • If the fasciotomy was done on a leg or foot, avoid standing or walking for long periods. Your healthcare provider will tell you when you can resume normal activity.

  • If it was done on your hand or arm, avoid tasks that involve lifting, carrying, gripping or twisting. Again, your healthcare provider will tell you when you are clear to resume these activities.

  • Physical or occupational therapy might be suggested. This could help you regain normal functioning more quickly and more fully.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • The wound becomes red or swollen or leaks fluid or blood.

  • Your pain increases.

  • You become nauseous or throw up for more than two days after the surgery.

  • You develop a fever of more than 100.5° F (38.1° C).

  • You have pain or difficulty moving the affected limb.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your leg or arm starts to swell.

  • You develop a fever of 102.0° F (38.9° C) or higher.