What changes should I make to my sleeping habits after elbow reconstruction surgery?

For better comfort during sleep, after having elbow surgery, it is recommended sleeping in a slightly upright position, for example, in a reclining chair with a pillow under the forearm.

After your elbow reconstruction procedure, your elbow will be placed in a static progressive splint that will prevent you from straightening the joint for a week or two. Generally, after the first seven days, you may need to use the splint only during sleep, in either flexion or extension. But you will have to ask your doctor if this is OK. Before you sleep, you will have to make sure that your pain is under control.

Advice to help you sleep after elbow reconstruction surgery:

  • Sleep upright in a sofa chair or bed
  • Use lots of pillows to help position yourself
  • Dress comfortably
  • Relax with breathing techniques

The biggest improvements you will see after the surgery will be in your ability to sleep and to perform routine activities. As long as subsequent injuries are avoided and your elbow is cared for properly, the benefits of your surgery can last for decades.

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