Post operation care after getting your Dupuytren’s contracture surgery is more important than most patients understand. From dressing and wound management to pain control, there are a number of factors that you must keep in mind to ensure a successful recovery of your hand. So, if you’ve recently gone through a Dupuytren’s contracture surgery, then the following tips will help ensure a proper care regime for our hand:
- Make sure to avoid extensive use of your fingers on activities like typing, at least for 2-3 weeks after getting your hand operated. Otherwise, chances of swelling will increase, causing you discomfort in the long run.
- Follow a routine therapy session for about 2-3 months under the supervision of a medical professional.
- Avoid carrying too much weight from your operative hand, especially until it has healed completely.
- Consult your surgeon about when can you drive again.
- Take at least 1-2 weeks off from office to rest and ensure complete healing of your hand.
- Use lukewarm plain or soapy water while exercising your hand, as it will make the process easy and gentler.
- Start wearing Dupuytren’s Tape after 3-6 months of the surgery, or once your scar tissues are settled for ease and restoration of your range of motion.
- Avoid wearing a brace if permissible by your surgeon as it typically interferes with your hand’s motion.
- Get in touch with your doctor to work on finger flexibility training with the right exercises.