Post-Op Iliac Crest Donor Site

Foam Dressing

Remove the foam pressure dressing the next morning.


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


Wait at least 6 weeks to jog or run. You may use a Lifecycle type stationary bike and 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 hematoma is a collection or “lump” of blood. These can cause bleeding or even become infected.