Hand & Wrist Surgery

Healthy hands are essential to our everyday functioning and wellbeing – Just consider how few are the moments when you are not using your hands to do something. Yet usually we only recognise how invaluable our hands are once they are injured or in pain. Repetitive loading of the wrist, hands and/or fingers over the years may easily lead to premature wear of joints and tendons. Bear that in mind whenever you feel pain in your hands during demanding tasks – perhaps jobs can be done differently and hands nurtured for a change.

Hospital stay Day care; one night stay if bone graft is harvested from the hip
Anaesthetic General
Surgery time 1 - 1.5 hours
Skin wound healing 2 weeks
Bone healing 6-8 weeks
Splintage 1 week (percutaneous fixation) 4-8 weeks
Hand therapy 4-8 weeks
Washing from week 2
Time off work 1-2 weeks for office based work; 4-6 weeks for manual work
Sports and exercise no contact sports for 8 weeks; 3-4 weeks for activities sparing wrist joint
Driving from week 2 (percutaneous fixation) from week 8 (you should be able to perform emergency stop comfortably); please check details with your insurance company
Full recovery 12 weeks

Urgent concern after your surgery ?
Please ring the hospital where you have been operated on or my secretary and they will get in touch with me