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Give medications as required for pain (paracetamol and ibuprofen
are available from pharmacies without prescription). A nerve block
with local anaesthetic is often administered at the time of
surgery; this wears off over 24 hours and pain may increase at this
time. Any areas that are made numb by the local anaesthetic should
regain sensation at this time.
Keep plaster clean, dry and intact. Some swelling is normal post
operatively. Ensure the limb is elevated in a sling or on
pillows until pain and swelling are gone. This minimises
swelling of the operative area and assists in the healing.
Keep the area elevated on pillows at night.
Do not play sport until advised by your doctor; this is likely
to be at least six weeks after the surgery. Move the joints not
immobilised in the cast as much as possible. When the plaster is
taken off your doctor may organise for the occupational therapist
to make a splint or to give specific exercises to perform.
Observe your child's fingers/toes for colour, ensuring they are
pink and warm to touch. Your child may experience tingling
or numbness which is perfectly normal in the healing
Your follow up appointment will be at one of the following:
If you are unable to keep your appointment please call to
Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery Office - 9345 5391
Outpatient appointments - 9345 6180
Plastic Surgery Resident or Registrar - via switchboard on 9345