Dr. Sforzo’s Post-Operative Instructions for Thumb Arthritis Surgery:
Important things you should do:
- Move your fingers in and out of a full fist when you are awake several times a day.
- Cover your entire dressing – the entire hand and wrist – in the shower. Do not get wet.
- Try to elevate the hand towards the sky or ceiling when you can.
- Leave your dressing on and do not remove it until your postoperative appointment.
Important things you should avoid:
- Do not get your incision or dressing wet.
- Do not perform any lifting, pushing, pulling. Avoid refrigerator doors.
- Do not play tennis, golf, or any sports.
- Do not perform activities that will cause you to sweat around the incisions.
- Do not pull on or remove any stitches or sutures, even if they are sticking out and are clear.
Troubleshooting Problems that may arise:
- If you get the incision wet, or the dressing from the surgery becomes dirty or wet, please immediately pat the incisions dry and call the office to speak to a nurse.
- If you notice the incisions looking red, swollen, or infected please call the office immediately.
- Stiffness, tingling, swelling all may occur to varying amounts after surgery. Call the office if you have questions or any concerns.