How can I maximize the hand reconstructive surgery’s effects?

The success of hand reconstruction depends largely on what you do after it. Your doctor will provide you with clear guidelines that can maximize the surgery’s result.

Our team of plastic surgeons is able to minimize complications and ensure consistently favorable hand surgery outcomes by implementing precise surgical techniques which will allow your hands to recover quickly.

The end result of your hand surgery is directly related to following your therapist's and plastic surgeon's instructions. You can accelerate your healing time and maximize your surgical outcome by carefully following your surgeon’s instructions throughout your hand surgery recovery time. You may also see a hand therapist (physical or occupational therapist).

There are many ways in which you can maximize the surgery’s effects during your recovery

  • Following hand reconstruction, you will experience some pain, and your doctor will prescribe a pain medication plan to ease your comfort, but it’s important to remember that everyone’s pain experience is different. If you are experiencing severe pain that is not relieved by the medication, elevation, and therapy, make sure you consult your surgeon.
  • Do not change or remove your dressing unless your doctor told you that it’s ok to do so.
  • You should avoid strenuous activities after the surgery because they increase your heart rate which maximizes swelling and discomfort.
  • You should move the joints and tendons that are not covered by a splint in order to prevent stiffness.

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