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My surgeon didn't come to see me until 36 hours after performing surgery on me. As such, the floor nurses left me in the leg immobilizer used to transfer the patient from the OR bed to the post op bed, and then finally the bed in your room. They wouldn't remove it until my surgeon arrived to look at me knee. After approximately 6 hours I began to feel a pinching and burning feeling that was so intense that I repeatedly called in the nurse and begged for her to loosen the apparatus or take it off completely! She would not, saying it was for the Dr. to do; and that he would soon be there. This went on for 30 more hours, and my being in the worse pain I've EVER been in. When the Dr. arrived (9:30pm, on day 2 post op), he immediately asked "Why are you still in the leg immobilizer", I answered with a curt 'ya, why am I?" Yes, I was UPSET to say the least. In short, these "friction blisters" as he called them, were a result of being left in the leg immobilizer for too long, and my leg swelling, doing PT in it, etc... He was visibly upset with nursing staff. But, where was he for 30 plus hours - not checking on me that's for sure! The blisters were big, thick, painful, and full of puss and blood. They were very close to my incision, and as a result, ended up giving me an infection. My physical therapy was delayed in how much I could do, thus putting me behind in my bend and straightening, and thus heading me towards needed further potential surgeries. I also could have lost my prosthesis or leg from infection if my PCP hadn't addressed what he wouldn't do in a timely manner. He has also didn't prescribe anything for the burns, or even how I should be caring for them at home. What a mess! And the pain! Oh my! I was already in pain from the surgery, so the burns were only adding to it, as they popped and drained, and refilled, and popped and drained over and over!
I'm adding photo's so you can get an idea of what they looked like. Has anyone else had this post-op problem, and if so, how was it treated. I also need to know what kind of pain medications have been used by those having TKA in the hospital, and what they were sent home with. Please help! I'm a mess!
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