Please note - Within 24 hours of your operation YOU MUST NOT:

  • Drive a car or take public transport unaccompanied.
  • Operate machinery.
  • Consume alcohol.
  • Sign any legal documents or make any responsible decisions.


  • Take Paracetamol/Panadeine or prescribed analgesia regularly or as required.
  • Pain should not be severe and should be relieved by keeping the arm elevated and taking the analgesia.
  • There may be tingling to the fingers in the initial 24hrs following surgery if local anaesthetic was used at the time of operation.


  • Gently exercise the fingers from the time of surgery and increase movement of the hand as tolerated. Moving the fingers and hand will not cause any damage to the wound.
  • You can use the hand increasingly as comfort allows, but ensure that you do not lift anything heavy.

Care of Wound:

  • Your hand will be bandaged and these should be kept clean and dry and stay in place as advised by the surgeon or until your review appointment.
  • You should keep your hand elevated and gently exercise your fingers regularly. Avoid the use of a sling for prolonged periods.

On-going Care:

  • Attend your post-operative appointment that will be made for you prior to discharge from Hospital.
  • If you do not have a post-operative appointment booked prior to discharge please call our Rooms on 9210 7278 to arrange one.
  • Please call our rooms if any of the following occur:
    • If you experience any problems with your wound, including abnormal redness, pain, smell or discharge.
    • You develop a fever, or get hot/cold flushes.
    • Your pain is not being relieved by the analgesia you are using.
    • If after-hours call your GP or for urgent matters after-hours present to the Emergency Department & notify our rooms during business hours on the following business day.