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Hand Surgery 101: 4 Basic Tips For Better Healing

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Recovering and healing from hand surgery can be quite the process. Luckily, you can make it easier by being prepared before the surgery. You can also help to speed healing by knowing what to do after the surgery. While you should always follow the advice of your surgeon, you should also implement these four tips:

1. Move Your Fingers

Perhaps one of the best tips is to begin moving your fingers soon after your surgery. It might feel weird or a little painful, but it's best to begin moving your fingers early on. By moving your fingers, you'll increase blood flow. You'll also reduce the amount of tension in your fingers, which will help you to avoid stiff fingers.

If you have a splint or a cast on after surgery, don't worry. You can still move your fingers. Just be gentle and move your fingers slowly. Don't worry, you will not hurt yourself as your splint or cast will keep things in place.

2. Use Straws

Another helpful tip is to use straws whenever you drink something. It might sound odd, but it can be very helpful. Remember, your hands will be weak after surgery. Because of this, it might be hard to lift drinks. Luckily, you don't have to. All you have to do is use straws.

3. Manage Pain

After surgery, expect to be in some pain. While pain isn't pleasant, it is manageable. If you were prescribed pain medication, be sure to take it exactly as prescribed. If you were not given any pain medication, don't worry. An anti-inflammatory can often help ease the pain.

Other methods to help ease pain after surgery include ice and elevation. While you are resting, try to keep your hand elevated. Elevating your hand will help to decrease inflammation, which will decrease pain. Ice can also help reduce inflammation and reduce pain, so feel free to ice any sore spots.

4. Control Itching

Finally, don't let itching bother you during healing. As you heal, it is natural for your hand to itch. It might also itch due to your prescribed pain medication. If itching is becoming bothersome, control it with an antihistamine. An antihistamine will lower the histamine response in your body, which will reduce the annoying itch. Just make sure you do not take any when you need to be alert and awake, as it may cause drowsiness.

Recovering from hand surgery takes some time. Luckily, you can make the healing process easier by following these tips. As always, if you have any questions be sure to consult your surgeon or visit a site like


21 March 2017