Personalized surgical options from a range of proven techniques
For certain hand injuries and conditions, a better result can be achieved with open surgery. Open surgery may be required to remove or shave bone spurs located in hard-to-reach areas; to repair extensive tendon tears; to repair ligaments, blood vessels and nerves that have been badly damaged as the result of injuries; to realign bones, stabilize the injured joint and repair stretched ligaments; and to repair joints damaged by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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Recovery Following Surgery
Recovery following any type of surgery is very much dependent upon the individual and the extent of the injury. While many surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis, you can expect to be required to rest the hand fully for a minimum of several weeks or more.
Immediately following surgery, you will be given or prescribed appropriate pain medications and will be instructed to ice and elevate the hand. Your surgeon will follow up with you to ensure that you are healing appropriately and to provide additional instructions based on your recovery. Eventually, you will likely be given exercises that you can perform at home to strengthen the hand before beginning a physical therapy and rehabilitation program (if necessary).
Depending on the nature and extent of your injury, your full recovery may take from two to six months.