This is the standard post-operative (after surgery) instruction sheet you’ll get after surgery. If the instructions don’t make sense for your situation, call Dr. Henley immediately at 479-521-2752 to make sure you understand your instructions.
You have just had surgery by Dr. C. Noel Henley with Ozark Orthopaedics. You have a large dressing on your hand that is used to reduce motion and prevent swelling. Please keep your hand elevated (higher than your heart) for the next 24 hours and from time to time, extend and flex (open and close) your fingers as much as possible within the dressing. Keep your dressing clean and dry.
You may experience some temporary numbness in your fingers and staining of the dressing, but active bleeding is not normal. A prescription for pain medication has been provided if you need it. If the medication does not adequately relieve your pain, please call our office at 479-521-2752.
In order to check your incision(s), reduce the size of your dressing and increase motion, we have scheduled an appointment for you in our office in 10-14 days. Sutures (stitches) will probably be removed at this visit unless the first dressing needs to remain in place longer.
Dr. Henley wants your surgery to be as successful as possible. If you have any problems (bleeding through the dressing, wound drainage, high fevers, excessive pain, etc.), please do not hesitate to call our office.