Swelling after hand surgery near the affected site is natural and may persist for up to one week.
It is important to manage swelling to reduce pain and speed up the recovery process. You can do this by:
Your wound site should remain clean and dry for two weeks after surgery. Each dressing may last up to a week if properly cared for. Should the dressing get wet, dirty or start to come loose, please return to our clinic or visit your nearest doctor to get the wound cleaned and redressed.
You are encouraged to move all your unaffected joints. For example, if your wrist is injured, move your shoulder and elbow to prevent joint stiffness. If you have a splint, the fingers and joints which are free are those which you should be trying to move as much as you can. If all your fingers are free, you may follow the below diagrams to gently exercise your fingers and thumb to reduce swelling and joint stiffness.
If there is no splint, you are allowed to move the affected joints and fingers unless otherwise instructed.
Some pain is part of the healing process after surgery. Here are ways to minimize your discomfort:
If pain persists, please contact our clinic.
Numbness and tingling after surgery is common and due to the local anesthetics used during the procedure.
Wound infections are rare, and usually happen less than a week after surgery. Please contact our clinic immediately if you experience excessive pain, swelling or redness around the wound.