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Rest & Recovery

Iowa Ortho wants to help you recover as safely and quickly as possible following your surgery or procedure. Please follow the general instructions below for rest and recovery.

Please note: depending on your surgery or procedure, your doctor will provide more detailed post-op and post-procedure instructions.

  • Take your medications as prescribed.
  • Do not operate a vehicle until you have received permission from your physician at a post-op appointment or have spoken to your physician’s nurse.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Follow all therapy instructions you are given.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat properly.
  • Monitor your incision(s). If you notice a change (hot, itchy, discoloration), please contact our office immediately. These may be signs of infection.
  • Monitor your general well-being such as body temperature, heart rate, nausea, worsening pain, etc. If you experience any warning signs or are running a temperature of 101 degrees or higher, please contact our office immediately.
  • Remember to schedule and attend your follow up appointments. Follow up appointments are essential to recovering successfully.

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency following your surgery or procedure, please go directly to the ER.