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Give medications as required for pain (paracetamol and ibuprofen
are available from pharmacies without prescription). Local
anaesthetic is often injected during surgery; this will wear 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
Keep the plaster clean, dry and intact. Keep the arm elevated in
a sling to reduce pain and swelling and encourage faster healing.
The sling can be taken off at night and the hand elevated on
Restrict your child to gentle activities to prevent damage to
the healing areas. Unless specifically advised otherwise it is
important to keep the hand and wrist still as the repaired area of
tendon is at risk of snapping if movements are started too early.
When the plaster is removed an occupational therapist will be
involved in teaching specific exercises and your child may have a
splint to wear. It is important that these exercises are carried
out as directed.
Your surgeon will be able to tell you whether full function will
be regained after the injury; this depends on the type of injury.
Some stiffness will be likely when the plaster is removed but
should resolve in days to weeks. The wound will have a scar. Every
effort is made to minimise scarring and achieve the best cosmetic
result. You will be given instructions at your 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 exposure to sun for at least 12 months and always use a
strong sunscreen if sun exposure is unavoidable.
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