Lower Extremity Surgery Education

Click to watch the below videos, which demonstrate the correct techniques for daily activities following surgery. We recommend watching these:

  1. In advance of your surgery, for general awareness of what’s to come.
  2. When first attempting these tasks on your own at home after surgery, so you can follow the instructions step-by-step.

Using Crutches: Toe Touch Weight Bearing

Using a Gait Belt

Using Crutches: Partial Flat Foot Weight Bearing

Climbing Stairs by Sitting and Scooting

Using Crutches: Weight Bearing as Tolerated

Car Transfers

Using Crutches: Non-Weight Bearing

Car Transfers with Running Board

Walking with a Walker

Dressing with Adaptive Equipment

Climbing Steps with Walker with Railing

Toilet Transfers

Climbing Steps with Walker without Railing

Shower Transfers

Climbing a Single Step or Curb: Weight-Bearing as Tolerated

Tub Transfers

Climbing a Single Step with a Walker

Walking with a Cane

Climbing a Single Step or Curb: Non-Weight Bearing

Climbing Steps with Cane

Backing up to a Chair

Elevating Your Leg

Putting On and Taking Off TED Hose

Putting On and Taking Off TED Hose with a Helper

Walking with a Walker: Non Weight Bearing


The details of your procedure will be shared with you by your physician. However, below is a library of some of the more common procedures performed at OrthoNebraska and basics regarding surgical techniques.


This video shows, in general, the most likely type or types of anesthesia for this procedure and how they are

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