What to Expect After 1st CMC Arthroplasty?
The goals for postoperative management following a CMC arthroplasty are to regain thumb / wrist range of motion, decrease pain, increase functional strength and return to functional activities.
1) Bandage and splintAfter surgery, your forearm and hand will be kept in a bulky bandage. Please do not remove the bandage on your own.
Postoperative Day 1 (POD1):
2) Swelling management
Swelling may persist up to a few weeks after operation. Controlling the swelling helps to improve pain and speed up your recovery.
3) Wound care
4) Exercise and therapy:The goals of rehabilitation are:
You will have regular outpatient follow ups with your surgeon and Hand Occupational Therapist during the rehabilitation phase:
5) Pain management
The degree of pain you may have will vary and differ amongst individuals. The goal is to minimize the pain so that you can perform your prescribed and exercise regimens and to be able to rest comfortably. Your pain medication must be taken as prescribed by your attending surgeon.
Hand numbness and tingling may be expected after surgery. This is due to the local anesthesia used during surgery and may last up to 6-12 hours.
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