5 Steps to Prepare for Your Hand Surgery

Whether you have joint damage, infection, nerve problems, or a fracture, hand surgery can provide effective results. And with new minimally invasive approaches, you can get relief with fewer risks and faster recovery times. However, you’re still undergoing surgery, and you’ll likely have limited use of your hand while it heals.

Dr. Edward R. Dupay, Jr. at Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida brings over 30 years of medical experience to the Fort Myers community. When conservative treatments fail to treat your hand problems, he recommends taking these steps to prepare for your upcoming surgery.

1. Rearrange your furniture

Your furniture is probably the last thing on your mind when preparing for hand surgery. However, you’ll likely have limitations while you recover from your procedure. Before the big day, walk through your home and rearrange the furniture so everything is convenient and functional. That means making things you use frequently easy to reach and having comfortable places to sit with armrests.

2. Label items 

We take our hands for granted every day, and that can cause problems when recovering from hand surgery. Make sure you heal safely by labeling things as “safe” or “not safe” to pick up after your procedure. These signs can serve as a visual reminder to think twice before using your hands and protect you from lifting anything that could complicate your recovery or trigger pain.

3. Reduce your household chores

It can be staggering to realize how often we use our hands during the day, especially for household chores, like cleaning, cooking, and doing dishes. If you have hand surgery on the horizon, try to minimize these day-to-day activities by preparing meals in advance, getting your grocery shopping out of the way, and taking care of cleaning projects before your appointment.

4. Ask for help

This can seem like a no-brainer, but believe it or not, asking for help isn’t easy. Whether you reach out to friends and family members or hire someone to assist, having someone on standby can help start your recovery off right, especially immediately after your surgery.

5. Follow instructions

There are several types of hand problems, and consequently there are different surgical procedures to correct them. Because of that, it’s crucial to follow Dr. Dupay’s detailed instructions after your surgery.

Common postoperative instructions include specifics about:

The details of these instructions vary based on your procedure but play a critical role in a healthy recovery.

Curious to see if surgery can help restore function to your hand? Contact us at Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida by calling 239-768-2272 or request an appointment online today.

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