After hand surgery, bandages or dressings may be applied to keep the surgical site clean with splints used when needed.
You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your hand(s) following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up with Dr. Bailey and his staff.
Be sure to ask your hand doctor or surgical staff specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
Follow all postoperative instructions including cleansing, taking prescribed medications and hand therapy exercises. Therapy is critical to restoring strength, flexibility and movement. If you attempt to return to normal function too soon, the risk of re-injury is possible. Continue your hand therapy regimen and attend follow-up visits with your plastic surgeon as scheduled. This is essential to a successful outcome.