1. Sleep with the hand outstretched on a pillow.
  2. Keep your arm elevated to reduce swelling.
  3. The local anaesthetic can take up to 8 hours to wear off so hand may still feel a bit tingly for this time.
  4. On Day 1 after surgery start to do the finger mobility exercises as demonstrated to you by your surgeon.
  5. Leave the outer dressings on for 2-3 days and try to keep dry. After this, the thicker bandage can be removed.
  6. A wound check will take place 4-6 days after surgery.
  7. Your sutures will be removed between days 10-14 after surgery.
  8. Avoid putting pressure on the wound during the healing phase (first 2 weeks) however light use of the operated hand for everyday activities such as dressing, cooking etc. is encouraged.
  9. Take oral pain medication as instructed by your surgeon.
  10. You may experience some discomfort in the days following your surgery however on any increasing pain, redness, swelling, temperatures please contact the clinic on 02073860464
  11. Once the sutures have been removed care for your scar by massaging and moisturising it daily.
  12. Heavy lifting and sports that involve the hand should be avoided for 4 weeks post-surgery.
  13. Depending on your job you can normally return to work after 1-2 weeks