When I put my foot down my leg/ankle/foot swells and throbs. Is this normal?
Yes – This is normal and expected when your foot is hanging down. There may also be tingling as well as colour changes. This is common and will settle with time and elevation.
Will I be given pain relief to go home with?
Yes – You will be discharged with pain medication. Please take your pain medication if you are experiencing pain.
If you are sensitive to pain medications – Stop taking “Endone” through the day and use paracetamol instead to see if your symptoms settle. If they do not please see your local doctor.
Why do I have so many pain tablets?
Two different types of pain medications will be sent home with you and these can have different brand names. You will be given a quick acting and a slow acting pain medication.
- “Endone” OR “ Tramadol” is used for the quick relief of pain. Please take if your pain gets worse through the day.
- You can take one or two tablets every 6 hours.
- Targin OR Oxycontin OR Palexia are all different brands of slow pain relief. These work slowly throughout the day and night to help to decrease the number of Endone or Tramadol tablets you will need.
- Take one tablet morning and night of Targin OR Oxycontin OR Palexia.
If you do not have any or minimal pain during the day you can take paracetamol as needed then at night. If you cannot sleep because of discomfort or pain you can take stronger pain relief either Targin OR Oxycontin OR Palexia.
If you have known allergies to any pain medications, please notify Mr Keith prior to your surgery.
I feel nauseated after taking my pain relief.
Yes this is common. Firstly, try taking less pain relief during the day OR use paracetamol INSTEAD.
- Panadol can be taken up to 4 (four) times a day OR alternatively you can take Panadol Osteo 2 (two) tablets 3 three times a day.
DO NOT take more than 6 tablets of Panadol Osteo a day and DO NOT take Panadol and Panadol Osteo together.
- Panadol OR Panadol Osteo can be safely taken with your other pain medication.
Can I take Nurofen or other anti-inflammatories (NSAID)?
Yes, Anti-inflammatories also called NSAIDS’s like Nurofen can be helpful. Take only as directed on the box. If you are taking aspirin or have a history of ulcers AVOID taking anti-inflammatories.
Can I take anti-inflammatories if I have had a fusion (arthrodesis) operation?
You should NOT take nurofen or other anti-inflammatories if you have had a fusion operation or procedure.
Do I need to take aspirin or blood thinners?
Aspirin works to “ thin the blood”. Mr Keith will discuss with you about blood clots (DVT) after surgery and may recommend aspirin to be taken daily. Or alternatively he may prescribe Clexane instead.