What post-operative changes should I expect after hand reconstructive surgery?

It is normal to experience certain changes in the aftermath of the surgery. Your doctor will tell you more about them before you agree to have this intervention.

After the hand reconstruction, you might experience symptoms such as swelling, pain, and circulation-related problems. To manage these symptoms, your doctor will tell you what joints and tendons it’s safe to move.

You will have a dressing and it is important to keep it clean and dry at all times. Typically, in the first days after this surgery, patients should keep their arm elevated above the heart level so that the swelling and pain don’t become more intense.

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