Tendon Transfer

  • DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS

    Pain control

    Take medications as required for pain (paracetamol and ibuprofen are available from pharmacies without prescription). Local anaesthetic is usually injected at the time of surgery; this should wear off within 24 hours and an increase in pain may occur when the local anaesthetic ceases to have effect.

    Dressings

    Keep the dressings clean, dry and intact until your review appointment. Keep the hand elevated while your child is awake to reduce pain and swelling and encourage healing. The dressings will be removed after four weeks and a removable plastic splint will be made at this time by the occupational therapist.

    Seek medical attention in the event of:

    • Increasing pain or pain not relieved by medication
    • Persistent fever
    • General unwellness
    • Colour changes (white, blue, purple) to the fingers or thumb
    • 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