Pain: Pain can be related to your incision and your procedure or because of swelling and inflammation. After hand surgery, elevating the arm is key to decreasing swelling. You can treat pain with over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol. You may take Ibuprofen if your kidney function is normal. If you are taking narcotic or opiate pain medication, you should wean and transition off within the first 1-2 weeks after surgery.
Swelling: Minimizing swelling after surgery is important in healing and decreasing pain. Pain after surgery can be worse when swollen. Keep the arm elevated with several pillows.
Wound Care: Often you will be placed in a splint after surgery. You may shower, but the splint should remain clean and dry. Many patients will cover the arm with a bag to avoid getting this wet. The splint will be removed at your follow up appointment.
Infection: Contact the office if fevers or chills develop. *These are basic guidelines after surgery and are not specific to you or your medical problem. Contact the office with questions of concerns.