Question: How Long Does Pain Last After Hand Surgery?

How do you sleep after hand surgery?

Elevate your arm above your heart.

The best way to do this comfortably is to lie flat on your back with your hand resting on a few pillows.

Elevate your hand for at least three days after surgery..

Do you get a cast after hand surgery?

Depending on what is needed for your particular surgery, your surgeon may recommend that you return to the office after a few days for a dressing change or a change to a full cast. A cast is applied by wrapping fiberglass tape or plaster around your hand, wrist, or arm.

How long do fingers stay swollen after wrist surgery?

For some people, it can take between six and twelve months for you to be able to use your hand as normal. Pain and swelling are normal symptoms after surgery.

What happens after hand surgery with pins?

You may have numbness or weakness in your hand from surgery. After surgery, you may have pain, tightness, or your hand may not work as well as it did before your injury. Screws, nails, or pins used during your surgery may come loose, and you may need another surgery. You may get an infection.

What helps pain after hand surgery?

Pain after an injury or surgery is common and should often be expected. There are many ways to manage and reduce this pain….Post-Surgery Medication ManagementTylenol (Acetaminophen)Aleve (Naprosyn/naproxen)Motrin/Advil (Ibuprofen)Celebrex (Celecoxib)Toradol (Ketorolac)

What should I do after hand surgery?

Elevate your arm and hand Continue to elevate the hand if swelling or pain persists after 3-5 days. Move your unaffected joints on the surgical side as much as possible to help with swelling and prevent stiffness. For example, if you had surgery on your thumb, then move your shoulder, elbow, wrist and other fingers.

What should I wear after hand surgery?

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing such as t-shirts, button down shirts, sweat pants/warm ups or baggy shorts that will fit over bandages or dressing following surgery.

How long will my hand hurt after surgery?

This is usually 10 days after your surgery. How do I cope with pain? Pain is normal after hand surgery. Your pain should start to feel a little better every day.

How long after hand surgery can I drive?

You won’t be able to drive for several weeks after the operation, so you’ll need to arrange for someone to pick you up and take you home from the hospital. If you live on your own and had a general anaesthetic, you may be advised to stay in hospital overnight.

How many hours does hand surgery take?

Some hand surgery can take as little as 20 minutes, on the other hand some intricate surgery can take much longer – it will depend on what needs to be done.

How long does stiffness last after hand surgery?

Progress will be SLOW. A bad injury or major surgery will make your hand stiff. It usually takes about 6 months to really loosen up scar tissue. Do NOT expect your hand to be “normal” after a bad injury or major surgery.

How long does it take to recover from a hand surgery?

The amount of time it will take you to heal after hand surgery will vary based on the type of surgery you have and the severity of your condition. For example, tendon repair recovery can take up to 12 weeks for your hand to return to full strength and up to 6 months for you to regain a full range of movement.

How long do you have to wear a brace after wrist surgery?

After the surgery, a splint will be placed for two weeks until your first follow-up visit. At that time, the splint will be removed and exchanged with a removable wrist splint. You will have to wear it for four weeks.

How long can I expect to be off work after wrist surgery?

It generally takes 3 months for full recovery after injury and and surgery. After surgery, you will be discharged home in a splint that goes from your hand to just above your elbow. Your return to work depends on your profession and the availability of light duty.

Is bruising normal after hand surgery?

BRUISING OR BLEEDING is common after surgery. Bandages often become stained with blood on the day of surgery. Bruising often worsens several days after surgery. Bruising or bleeding is usually not a source for concern unless accompanied by steady drainage, worsening pain, or progressive swelling.

What are 3 things you should not do while splinting?

Splint and skin care Never stick items under your splint to scratch the skin. Do not use oils or lotions near your splint. If the skin becomes red or sore around the edge of the splint, you may pad the edges with a soft material, such as moleskin, or use tape to cover the edges.