Management After Hand Surgery
What can I expect after hand surgery?
Recovery after hand surgery depends greatly on the type of surgery you had and the
underlying cause of your hand condition. Sometimes, you will need a series of surgical
procedures to address your condition. The hand is intricate and very sensitive. Mild
to severe pain may be expected after many types of hand surgeries. Pain medicines
may be given to help ease the discomfort. Elevation of the affected area can be very
helpful. The following are some of the other possible outcomes that you may be told
to expect after hand surgery:
Your hand may be immobilized in a bandage or splint after surgery. Your doctor will
decide the length of time of the immobilization. After some surgeries, the hand may
be immobilized for months at nighttime to enhance recovery.
You may have some restrictions placed on activities and work after the surgery. This
also will be determined by your doctor, based on an individual basis.
Rehabilitation may be recommended to increase the strength and function of the hand.
Rehabilitation may include physical therapy and/or occupational therapy. A trained
specialist will be involved in your care to optimize recovery of the hand.
Therapy of the hand may include the following:
Exercises for the hand
In many cases, surgery is just the start of recovery. Intensive rehabilitation may
be necessary to regain optimal functioning of the hand. It is important to follow
all of the instructions given to you after surgery by your doctor and any other specialists
who are involved in your care.