Postoperative care is as important as the surgery in achieving a good outcome for your problem.
- Keep the limb elevated. This decreases swelling, which helps to reduce pain and minimizes stiffness. If the hand throbs when it is dependent, make sure to elevate it higher
- Keep the fingers moving. Straighten them out completely, then fully flex the fingers (make a fist), then spread them out like a giant spider. Do this 5 times every hour while you are awake.
- Keep the elbow and shoulder moving. Bend the arm completely up, then straighten out the arm and lift it up towards the ceiling.
- Keep the dressings dry. If you need to shower, cover the arm with a plastic bag, seal the bag and keep the arm up so water drains away from the hand.
- Take 500mg of Vitamin C every day for six weeks after the surgery. This can help with swelling and stiffness.
- Call me on my mobile if you have any questions, particularly if you are having increasing pain.