You will have some pain from the cut (incision) the doctor made. This usually gets better after a couple of days. Your doctor will give you pain medicine for this. Your leg may be swollen at first. This may last 2 to 3 months.
You will have stitches or staples in the incision. If you have stitches, they may dissolve on their own. Or your doctor may take them out 7 to 14 days after your surgery.
After surgery, blood may flow better throughout your leg, which can decrease leg pain, numbness, and cramping. You may be able to walk longer distances without leg pain.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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