Post operative care

You will usually be able to go home the same day as your operation. There will be a bandage or dressing in place which will remain until the wounds have healed. In the early period after your operation you will be advised to keep your hand elevated to reduce any swelling and a supply of painkilling (analgesic) medication will be supplied. In most cases there is some minor postoperative discomfort which is controlled by the medication and it is unusual to experience more pain than this.

Before you leave hospital you will be given a time and date for your outpatient appointment, which is usually within 2 weeks of your operation. When you are seen your dressing and stitches will be removed and you are left free to mobilise your hand, unless you are required to wear a plaster cast. In most instances formal physiotherapy is not required, but should it be necessary you will usually be referred at this time.