Here is What Dr. Sforzo and Dr. Dillingham Want You to Know to Maximize Your Recovery
- Move your fingers and thumb into and out of a fist 5-10 times an hour. Try to get the fingers all the way straight and all the way into a fist.
- Use your hand for light, everyday tasks such as feeding yourself, tying your shoes, and putting your clothes on.
- You may take a shower and remove the dressing two days after your surgery. Apply new dry dressing after showering.
- If you are in a splint leave your dressing and underlying splint on. We will remove this at your post-op appointment.
- Use your hand to do some nominal writing and typing.
- Elevate your arm as much as possible for 48 hours after surgery. This means pointing fingers toward the sky.
- Get your dressing wet.
- Do any heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling. Even a refrigerator door may be too much.
- Play any sports.
- Sweat under the dressing and make the wound moist.
- Place any creams, ointments, or Neosporin/Polysporin in the incisions. Think Dry!!
- Remove the sutures or the dressing.
- Drive until you speak to the doctor at your post-op appointment.
- If you do get the dressing or wounds wet, take off the dressing and pat the wounds dry, then call the office.
- If you feel the dressing is too tight or you feel the need to change the dressing before your post-op appointment, please call the office.
- It is normal to have some pain at the operative site.
- It is normal to still have some stiffness in the fingers after surgery. The more you move the fingers the less stiff they will be.
- It is normal to have some bruising begin to show in the forearm after a day or so.
- If you are having any problems or concerns, please call the office.