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About Your Arm Surgery

These instructions are a guideline so you know more what to expect before and after your surgery.

  • Your post-operative appointment was made at the time your surgery was scheduled.
  • Wear comfortable loose clothing to the hospital on the day of your surgery.
  • You will be given a prescription for pain medication at the hospital after surgery.
  • You may resume driving when you are able to control your vehicle and no longer taking narcotic pain medication.
  • If you were given a sling, use it for comfort unless instructed to wear it continuously until your post-operative appointment.
  • If you are in a splint, do not remove this. Keep the dressing and/or splint clean and dry.
  • If you had carpal tunnel release, you may remove the splint after 7 days. You may shower as usual. Blot the incision dry and cover with a band-aid. Do not soak your hand in a bath.
  • Do not remove your stitches. These will be taken out at your postoperative appointment.
  • A temperature over 101 degrees or a foul smell coming from under the splint is not normal. Call our office if you experience any of these symptoms.
  • If you notice that your fingers are very fat, difficult to bend and straighten or turning a purplish color, you need to get your wrist and elbow above the level of your heart. Put several pillows underneath your arm. This will help to get the swelling out of your lower arm. Wiggle your fingers several times a day to help with the circulation as well.
  • If you over do it, this swelling and soreness is going to be your indication, back off on your activities a bit and gradually increase as you tolerate it.
  • Use ice as needed for pain and swelling.
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