This page presents the main instructions and indications for patients undergoing Hand Surgery
- Arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of the appointment time, so you can complete any organizational or administrative details or requests.
- Normally there are no specific requirements, but it is necessary to observe basic hygiene rules and wear comfortable clothing.
- Remember to bring your previous medical records.
Some tips to follow after hand surgery
|Until tomorrow: keep your arm in a sling around your neck when you are standing; when lying down, fold a pillow in half, place it by your side and place your arm on it, so that the hand stays above the heart.|
|Until you go to sleep: put an ice bag on the palm of your hand for 20 minutes, stay without for about 40 minutes, then put the ice back for another 20 minutes.|
|In case of pain, it is recommended to take a painkiller tablet. There is no specifically recommended drug other than what you would normally use for a headache. It is however recommended to take at most one tablet every 8 hours after meals. Do not wait until the pain becomes too strong, if it starts, it is better to fight it right away.|
|For two days: every 15 minutes it is advisable to raise the hand over the head and perform 10 movements of opening and closing the fingers, even if this is a little painful. This operation is important to help decrease the swelling of the hand.|
|From tomorrow: the hand can be used normally, without any limitation of movement or effort, you can drive the car, lift weights, ride a bike,…|
|The dressing should be kept as it is for 15 days. It should be kept dry until it is removed after 15 days by appointment.|