Rest on the day of surgery. Resume your regular diet gradually, starting with clear liquids and progressing as you feel ready.
You may feel dizzy, lightheaded, or sleepy for up to 24 hours after your operation. This is perfectly normal. If you have had general anesthesia, you may have a sore throat for a day or two.
For any post-operative pain or discomfort, you will be given a prescription for pain medication. Take your medication before the pain becomes too uncomfortable. The most common side effects are lightheadedness, sleepiness, constipation, and occasionally nausea and vomiting.
The most important thing that you can do to keep yourself comfortable and avoid any complications is to keep your arm elevated. Swelling is the primary reason for post-operative discomfort. Your hand should be above your heart at all times. You can do this by keeping your arms up on pillows if you are sitting or lying down. Try to keep your hand elevated for 72 hours. Additionally, ice packs applied to the hand or arm will help keep swelling down and keep you more comfortable. Ice packs should be used for 20–30 minutes on, 20–30 minutes off.
Keep all dressings clean and dry. Do not remove your bandages or cast until your follow-up appointment. If your dressing should become wet or significantly bloodstained, call the office at (415) 492-1600 or contact us via the Patient Portal in the electronic medical record. A mild temperature is common on the day of surgery. Report to your doctor any temperature over 101 degrees, or nausea and vomiting that persists after the first day.
You should have a post-op appointment card in your pre-op packet. Please call the office for a follow-up appointment, if it has not already been arranged.