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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 within 24 hours and pain may increase when this occurs.
Any areas that are made numb by the local anaesthetic should regain
sensation at this time.
Keep dressings clean, dry and intact until your review
If antibiotics are prescribed for your child, administer these
Keep the arm elevated in a sling to reduce pain and swelling and
encourage faster healing. Avoid activities that would cause undue
strain to the affected finger.
Whether the nail will grow back normally depends on the extent
of the injury sustained, but in most cases nail growth is normal.
The surgeon will be able to give you an idea of whether normal nail
growth is expected, likely or unexpected. The length of time that
your child has to wear the bandages also depends on the injury but
it is usually around three weeks.
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