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Post-Op Instructions

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Dressing

  • Follow the instructions given to you by Dr. Rogers or Dr. Thaller when you left same day surgery.

Activity

  • Keep your hand elevated as much as possible for the first 72 hours after surgery. This will help reduce pain and swelling.

  • Do not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk.

  • You may move any of the fingers not included in your splint and we recommend exercising the fingers as much as possible. This helps to decrease swelling and reduce pain.

  • Apply an ice pack to the operative site 20 minutes out of every hour for the first 48 hours.

Bathing

  • You may bathe or shower at any time after surgery but keep your dressing clean and dry.

  • Dr. Rogers or Dr. Thaller will instruct you on whether it is safe to shower and wash your hands.

Pain Medicine

  • Tylenol: Unless otherwise directed you should take 650 mg. of Tylenol every six hours for the first five days post-operatively.
     
  • Naprosyn: Naprosyn is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (NSAID).

    It is a very effective pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medication but it can cause serious side effects of gastrointestinal bleeding in some people.

    Unless you have a history of reflux, GI bleeding, an intolerance to NSAIDs or other stomach problems, you should take 220 mg. of Naprosyn twice a day with food, beginning the day of surgery, for five days.

  • Breakthrough pain: Dr Thaller may have prescribed for you a breakthrough narcotic pain medicine, such as oxycodone.

    Narcotic pain medicine like this should be your last option if the Tylenol, naprosyn, ice and elevation are not working.

    This medication may be taken every four hours if needed for breakthrough pain. Some medicines such as vicoden and percocet contain both a narcotic and Tylenol.

    Under no circumstance should you take more than 4,000 mg. of Tylenol (acetaminophen) in a 24-hour period.

Diet

  • You may resume your normal diet immediately. If you had general anesthesia, you should start with light bland meals before progressing to regular food.

When to Call

  • If you spike a fever over 101° F or notice any increased redness running up your arm, any non-bloody drainage from your wound or an unexpected increase in pain or swelling, this may signal an infection.

  • If you experience any serious symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath, call 911 immediately.

Follow-up Appointment

  • Call (207) 621-8700 to schedule a follow-up appointment or if you have any questions or problems.