Advice after Hand Surgery by Dr Ian Yuen

Hand Surgeon Dr Ian Yuens post operative instructions

Post operative advice

Can i take the dressing off?

Please leave them intact until your first post operative visit. If they accidentally become dirty or wet please call the rooms on 02 8090 1249.

Change of dressings depend on the type of surgery you have had. The first appointment after surgery will be arranged for you. Prior to discharge from hospital this appointment time will be .

what can i do with my hand after surgery

Dr Yuen encourages all patients to keep their hand up as high as possible, positioned on some pillows or in a sling for the first 2-3 days. This will minimise pain and swelling. 

After the first 2-3 days of elevation it is ok to use the hand for light activities (eg typing, writing and eating).  It is important to avoid getting the hand wet to minimise the risk of infection.

when can i start driving?

It isn’t legal to drive for 24 hours after a general anaesthetic.  Make sure to organise for someone take you home.

There are a lot of factors to consider when you start driving after hand surgery. These factors generally relate to safety of yourself and others.

Please discuss this further with Dr Yuen either at your pre operative consultation or at your first post operative visit.  Please also note, your car insurer may not cover you if you are driving with a splint or cast on.