When is the pain the worst after hand surgery?
The main reason there is pain after surgery is swelling or inflammation. Usually, the peak time for this is the first 3 days after surgery. The best ways to limit swelling, inflammation, and pain are ice, elevation, ibuprofen (or other NSAID medication), and rest.
How long does it take to recover from a hand surgery?
As each case is unique, hand surgery can often be a delicate and sometimes frustrating process. For example, the recovery process for repairing a torn tendon can take up to 12 weeks for your hand to return to full strength, and up to six months for you to regain full mobility.
What helps pain 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.
How bad is hand surgery?
What are the risks of hand surgery? Most surgery carries the risks of anesthesia and bleeding. Additional risks associated with surgery depend greatly on the type of surgery being performed and may include: Infection.
How painful is a Trapeziectomy?
Many patients experience a high degree of pain after a trapeziectomy however some appear to have a comfortable and uncomplicated recovery. Research has looked at different surgical and splinting techniques to improve recovery but have found little difference.
How do you get rid of stiff fingers after surgery?
The first-line treatment for stiffness is hand therapy, often using splints with springs or rubber bands on them to stretch out the digit. A certified hand therapist will be most effective in mobilizing the digit. Therapy is continued for as long as it continues to increase motion.
Can I drive with stitches in my hand?
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.
What is the fastest way to recover from hand surgery?
Rest and Elevation Are Crucial
We’ll ask you to keep your hand and wrist elevated above your heart to reduce swelling and pain. The more often it is elevated in the days after surgery, the faster you will heal. Pillows stacked on your bed, couch or recliner will do the trick.
Why is surgical pain worse at night?
There’s a circadian rhythm with your cortisol levels that declines during night. So actually, your pain treatment requirements typically decline during the sleep hours, which is also tied into why we see respiratory deaths with opioids in those early morning hours.
How long will my wrist hurt after 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.
How long does post operative pain last?
It is common for people to have some symptoms after surgery. Mild or moderate pain and swelling at the incision site are common. These symptoms usually peak 2 to 3 days after surgery and then get better.