What is the recovery time for a hand reconstructive surgery?
The recovery time can vary greatly from one patient to another, based on their condition and how they feel after the surgery.
Different types of surgery require different periods of immobility, rest, and rehabilitation. An orthopedic surgeon will discuss your estimated recovery time before surgery, which depends on the severity of your condition and your treatment. For example, if you have a tendon repair, it may take 3 months to return to its full strength and another 2 to 3 months to regain the full movement range. Ask your doctor all questions specific to your recovery and care plan.
Rest after hand reconstruction is crucial. Your doctor will ask you to keep your hand and wrist elevated above your heart to reduce swelling and pain. So your ability to do daily tasks will be very limited, especially the week after surgery as almost every activity places your hand below your heart.