Post-Op Iliac Crest Donor Site

Foam Dressing

Remove the foam pressure dressing the next morning.

Steri-Strips

The underlying steri-strips (small white strips of bandaging) should be left on until they fall off, or at least 8 days.

Exercise

Wait at least 6 weeks to jog or run.  You may use a life cycle type stationary bike an spin your legs at 2 weeks, if comfortable.  For 4 days, you should avoid exercising where your blood pressure becomes elevated, or your heart rate above 120, as this could cause some excessive bleeding, and possible formation of a hematoma.  A hemotoma is a collection or “lump” of blood.  These can cause bleeding or even become infected.