After Hallux rigidus surgery, patients return home with a medication plan designed to prevent pain, inflammation, nausea, blood clots, constipation, and other problems that may arise. The plans are personalized and adapted to the needs and health conditions of each patient. Because of this, what is prescribed for some will not work for others. Some of the most common medications are:
Ibuprofen : 600 mg every 6 hours for 3 days, to avoid pain.
Tylenol : 650 mg every 6 hours for 3 days, to avoid pain.
Oxycodone : From 5 to 15 tablets of oxycodone, to avoid pain when it is very intense.
Zofran : 4 mg every 8 hours, only if necessary, to avoid nausea.
Colace : 100 mg 3 times a day, to avoid constipation that anesthesia and opioids can cause.
Calcium Citrate : Daily intake of 1000 to 1200 mg for the first 3 months after surgery, for bone health.
Vitamin D3 : Daily intake of 1000 to 1200 IU during the first 3 months after surgery, for bone health.
Aspirin : 325 mg daily for 2-3 weeks, to prevent blood clots. If you have a predisposition or a family history of clots, more specialized medications will be prescribed.