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Preparing for Hand Surgery

Information to Prepare for Hand Surgery
Being prepared often helps you not be as anxious and frustrated about a new situation. Here are some ideas that will help make your recovery time after hand surgery a little easier.

  • Be prepared to temporarily perform home activities “one-handed”
  • Plan to avoid extreme temperatures. Heat can cause skin problems from perspiration and cold causes pain due to restricted blood flow.
  • Elasticized pants and pull over shirts are often the easiest clothes to wear after hand surgery.
  • Consider shirts with larger armholes and/or bulky dressing to make room for your cast or splint.
  • Slip on shoes rather than shoes that tie may be easier for you.
  • Loosen container lids for hygiene articles, food or medicine bottles.
  • Use soap-on-a-rope or pump liquid soap when bathing.
  • Be prepared to take a shower with the affected arm protected by a plastic bag.
  • Keep your arm elevated for swelling control.
  • Buy frozen prepared meals. Freeze homemade casseroles or eat out.
  • Consider the possibility of needing help with transportation. Consider arranging to have someone available to help after surgery with work or home activities.

If therapy is indicated for your recovery, our certified hand therapists are available to meet your needs. Tell your physician that you choose DCH Outpatient Hand Therapy, the only specialized hand clinic in Tuscaloosa.

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