What to expect after your operation
Bulky dressing are applied to the operative site. These are usually changed after 2-3 days (practice nurse).
In the palm non-dissolving stitches are used. These need to be removed at 10-14 days. In other areas, dissolving stitches are used. These need a protective dressing for 7-10 days.
Hand wounds frequently bleed, and blood on the dressing is normal. Excessive bleeding through the bandage should be reviewed by a nurse or doctor.
Is common following hand surgery and can prevent adequate movement and recovery of movement. To reduce swelling, keep the hand elevated above the heart level as much as possible particularly for the first few days or until the swelling subsides.
This can usually be controlled with simple painkillers (paracetamol, co-codamol, etc.) and should improve over the first few days. Bone operations are frequently sore for 1-2 weeks. Excessive or increasing pain should be reviewed by a nurse or doctor.
Some form of splintage are frequently required after hand surgery, particularly more complex procedures, bony operations etc. This may take the form of plaster of Paris (immediately after surgery) followed by a custom made or pre-fabricated splint. These are made by an Occupational therapist and are usually required for about 6 weeks.
Frequently a very important part of your hand operation and may be vital to ensure the best recovery from your operation. Most complex hand surgery will need many weeks of physiotherapy.