Post-Operative Info

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In most cases Dr. LaPrade would ideally like to see each of his patients for post-operative visits following the timeline below:

  • 1-2 weeks post-operative
  • 6 or 8 weeks post-operative (depending on procedure type)
  • 3.5 months post-operative
  • 6 months post-operative
  • 12 months post-operative
  • Annually

You can schedule a clinic visit with Dr. LaPrade 9:00-4:00 on Monday or Wednesday.

The Steadman Clinic is closed weekends and holidays. Please call 970.476.1100 to schedule. If you require assistance after hours, holidays, or weekends; please call 970.476.1100 to reach the on call physician.

Dr. LaPrade recommends all of his patient start physical therapy the day after surgery or when discharged from the surgery facility. The surgery facility requires you have an adult family member or friend with you at discharge. Once you are discharged from the surgery facility you will start physical therapy and will receive internationally recognized physical therapy at Howard Head Sports Medicine (HHSM) where we have an experienced team of therapists who will help you obtain optimal results.

During your visit at HHSM you will have dressing changes, learn when and how to bathe, and other daily living activities. You will receive a complete packet with physical therapy orders for HHSM and if you are not local to Eagle/Summit County, your packet also includes a physical therapy prescription for your physical therapist at home. Upon discharge from HHSM, you will also receive a unique and custom protocol based on your specific procedure. Dr. LaPrade reviews all physical therapy protocols and this protocol should be given to your therapist once begin physical therapy at home.

While in town Dr. LaPrade recommends you attend two physical therapy visits each day for the first 10-14 days or as long as you are able to stay in Vail. After this time, your physical therapist will schedule you 3-5 times a week. Dr. LaPrade’s team of physical therapists are available to answer any questions you or your physical therapist may have regarding therapy and are open 365 days a year.

You may be discharged with either a GameReady (ice machine) or Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) machine. Please contact the company representative to learn about when to return the machine, rental fees, and any other questions you may have.

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