Wrists / HandsThumb Arthritis Post Operative Instructions

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.
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