Question 1: What should I do if my incision is reddened?
Call your surgeon or the Nurse Practitioner and you may need to come in to be assessed. Redness around staples may be related to them and will go away when removed.
Question 2: How much drainage from my incision is normal?
A small amount of drainage is not uncommon. If there is a large amount, please call your surgeon or Nurse Practitioner and you may need to come in to be assessed. CCAC nursing may be arranged to do dressings and monitor incision.
Question 3: Is bruising common?
Yes. Sometimes bruising may involve a large area of leg and foot.
Question 4: When and where do I get my staples out?
Normally staples are taken out 2 weeks after surgery unless instructed otherwise at discharge. Drs. Howard, Lanting and Vasarhelyi see you back around 2 weeks after surgery to have staples removed in outpatient clinic. Drs. MacDonald, McCalden, McAuley and Naudie have family doctor or nurse in Respite Care remove staples around 2 weeks after surgery. You are to arrange for this family doctor appointment.
For more information and additional questions, visit the Frequently Asked Questions web page.