When can I resume my workout routine after the hand reconstructive surgery?

The amount of time it will take you to heal after hand surgery will vary based on the type of surgery you have and the severity of your condition.

Injury or disease can affect your hand’s function and its physical appearance. Reconstructive hand surgery repairs or rebuilds bone, skin, nerves, and other tissue in order to improve both the appearance and function of your hand. Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital is committed to bringing the highest level of expertise, leading-edge therapeutic approaches, and the most advanced equipment, all to achieve the best possible outcome for our patients.

During your follow-up appointment, your doctor will tell you when it’s safe to resume your typical activities. Your surgeon will let you know when it’s safe to return to your workout routine following hand reconstruction surgery. To resume this type of activity, your hand needs full recovery, especially if you practice a sport that puts strain on your hands. Don’t engage in activities that cause you pain or discomfort right after the surgery. Give your body time to heal and focus on your therapy to speed up the recovery process.

How quickly you may resume work and a normal lifestyle depends on the extent of the procedure

The amount of time it will take you to heal after hand surgery will vary based on the type of surgery you have and the severity of your condition. For example, tendon repair recovery can take up to 12 weeks for your hand to return to full strength and up to 6 months for you to regain a full range of movement.

Additionally, how well you follow your doctor’s instructions will also affect your hand surgery recovery time. Limiting stress can help you heal faster and improves your overall health. To enhance your recovery and give you the fullest possible use of your hand, your surgeon may recommend physical and occupational therapy under the direction of a trained hand therapist. The therapy may include:

  • hand exercises
  • heat and massage therapy
  • electrical nerve stimulation
  • splinting, traction, and special wrappings to control swelling

Keep in mind that it’s crucial that you follow the therapist’s instructions and complete the entire course of therapy if you want to regain the maximum use of your hand.


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