Following surgery the leg will be immobilised. Pain medications will be administrated. In addition to these you will usually be hooked up to an intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) device which delivers pain relief in controlled amounts at the push of a button.
It is expected you will remain in hospital for four to five days depending on pain levels and management.
A physiotherapist will assist you to mobilise with crutches. Generally it is advised for you to not full weight bear through the injured foot for six to eight weeks.
However, early movement of the leg and knee is advised in order to prevent stiffness and help the healing process. Usually this process begins with passive exercises where a physiotherapist will move the knee for you.
The physiotherapist will also prescribe you appropriate exercises to help strengthen the knee and leg once the weight bearing restrictions have been lifted and it is safe and advisable to do so.
If the fracture was severe and the bone broken in many places or the bone is quite weak, it may take longer to heal and physio exercises may not be prescribed right away.
The wound will be checked prior to discharge and a follow up appointment to see A/Prof Al Muderis in his room 10 -14 days post surgery will be made.
A distal femur fracture needs significant healing time and may take up to three months before all the weight bearing restrictions are lifted and you can return to normal activities.
Post surgery it is common to feel weak and unsteady on the injured leg. A rehabilitation plan will be prescribed to you by a physiotherapist which contains a series of exercises designed to help restore normal muscle strength, joint range of motion and flexibility. The commitment and diligence to this program will largely determine the success of the surgery and the speed of a full recovery.
Please contact the office if you are worried about your level of pain, have significant bleeding, or have fever or redness around the surgical site.
If you require assistance after hours, please contact the hospital where the surgery was performed and they will contact A/Prof Al Muderis on your behalf.
Norwest Private Hospital: (02) 8882 8882
Sydney Adventist Hospital: (02) 9487 9111
Macquarie University Hospital: (02) 9812 3000