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Wrists / HandsFinger Surgery Post Operative Instructions

Here is What Dr. Sforzo and Dr. Dillingham Want You to Know to Maximize Your Recovery


  • Move your other fingers and/or 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.
  • Take a shower but be sure to cover your hand with a glove or some other article so that it does not get wet.
  • Drive the day after surgery, not the day of. Be sure you are comfortable behind the wheel, can drive safely, and are not taking any pain killers/narcotics.
  • Change your dressing 4-5 days after the surgery to band-aids.



  • Get your hand wet at any time
  • Do any heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling. Even a refrigerator door may be too much.
  • Play 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.



  • If you do get the dressing or wounds wet, take off the dressing and pat the wounds dry, then call the office.
  • If you notice the wounds becoming very red and swollen, or there is discharge from the wound, call the office.
  • It is normal to have some pain at the hand and fingers.
  • 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.

If you are having any problems or concerns, please call the office.

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