Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery

Laceration - Limb

  • DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS

    Pain control

    Administer medications as required for pain (paracetamol and ibuprofen are available from pharmacies without prescription). Local anaesthetic is administered at the time of surgery; this wears off over 24 hours and pain may increase as this occurs. Any areas that are made numb by the local anaesthetic should regain sensation at this time.

    Dressings

    Keep dressings clean, dry and intact until your review appointment.

    Antibiotics

    If antibiotics are prescribed for your child administer these as directed.

    Activities

    Keep the limb elevated to reduce pain and swelling and encourage faster healing. Avoid activities that would cause undue strain on the affected area.

    What to expect

    The cut that was repaired will have a scar. Every effort is made to minimise scarring and achieve the best cosmetic result. You will be given instructions at the review appointment on what to do to prevent poor healing and bad scarring. This may include the use of tapes or massage with sorbolene cream or aloe vera. Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months and always use a strong sunscreen if sun exposure is unavoidable.

    Seek medical attention if your child has:

    • Increasing pain or pain not relieved by medication
    • Persistent fever
    • General unwellness
    • Colour changes (white, blue, purple) to the fingers or toes
    • Wound discharge or increasing redness

    Follow up

    Your follow up appointment will be at one of the following:

    • Plastic Surgery Outpatients (Registrar Clinic), Blue Desk, Ground Floor Royal Children's Hospital (morning appointment)
    • Consultant Clinic 
    • Consultant Private Rooms 
    • Local doctor

    If you are unable to keep your appointment please call to reschedule.

    If you have any concerns contact:

    Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery Office - 9345 5391
    Outpatient appointments - 9345 6180
    Plastic Surgery Resident or Registrar - via switchboard on 9345 5522