Trigger Finger

  • DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS

    Pain control

    Take medications as required for pain (paracetamol and ibuprofen are available from pharmacies without prescription). Local anaesthetic is injected into the area 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 dressings clean, dry and intact until second review appointment. Keep the limb elevated in a sling while your child is awake to reduce pain and swelling and encourage faster healing. The sling can be taken off at night and the hand elevated on pillows.

    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 first review appointment will be approximately one week after discharge for dressing/wound check. The second review appointment will be in approximately two weeks for removal of dressings. The third review appointment will be approximately two months after surgery.  Your follow up appointments 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