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Steri strips taken off after a few days,weight bearing exercises,medications - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   how can i help you here ?
User :   I had surgery on 2/4 because of a pilon fracture, stitches removed 2/18. Can I take steri strips off?
Doctor :   yes u can remove them now
Doctor :   since its more than 1 week, u can remove them
User :   Jus wanted to be sure. It's not going to affect incision. Correct?
Doctor :   no it is not
Doctor :   the incision and wound would have healed by now
Doctor :   so no worry regarding that
User :   How long will the swelling in my foot take to go down?
Doctor :   3-6 weeks
Doctor :   keep you leg elevated and take advil
Doctor :   this will fasten the reduction of foot swelling
User :   Advil is okay ... ib profen will work too correct?
Doctor :   both are the same
Doctor :   advil is ibuprofen
Doctor :   and yes they will work
User :   Ok. Still, no pressure on foot for 2 more mnths?
Doctor :   you can start bearing weight slowly
Doctor :   and little by little as days progress
User :   How soon? And, can I put ice on foot too?
Doctor :   but full bearing of weight and return to normal function by 6 weeks
Doctor :   yes ice is good too
User :   How soon can I put any weight at all on it? I dnt want to mess it up, I've rly been babying it.
Doctor :   4 weeks is the minimum time you need for good recovery
Doctor :   after this low weight bearing is fine
User :   Ok. I have a black "boot" from orthopedic office weight in that either?
Doctor :   that is fine
Doctor :   you can bear weight on them
User :   Ok. I have pins and plates put in, doc said no weight cuz pins were only 3 mm, so.....I've been hesitant tho
Doctor :   that is fine,
Doctor :   since time is needed for recovery
Doctor :   once such about of time is provided, slow weight bearing can be started at 4 weeks
User :   Strips can def come off tho?
Doctor :   but not overzealously though
Doctor :   yes they can come off
User :   Ok. Thank you.
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   take care and bye for now

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