Skip to main content

What Should You Expect During Hand Surgery Recovery?

Plastic Surgery

August 15, 2021 | 3 minute read

Hand Surgery Recovery

What Should You Expect During Hand Surgery Recovery?Recovery following hand cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery will depend on the extent of the repair performed. Most patients are allowed to leave the hospital on the same day following the surgery. This is when they have recovered from the effects of anesthesia. You should have made arrangements for transportation and aftercare.

During initial consultation, your hand surgeon will discuss several aspects of the procedure with you. This includes the recovery process. You should be dedicated to following the recovery instructions in a careful manner for achieving optimal outcomes.

It is best to schedule your hand surgery at a time when you would be able to commit the time required for adequate healing and physical therapy, if necessary. Envy Aesthetic Center, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marco Gonzalez, provides hand surgery procedures to patients in El Paso, TX, and surrounding communities.

Immediately After the Surgery

You should be able to go home once you have completely recovered from the anesthesia effects. Your arm may feel floppy and numb in the first few hours. It’s possible the hand may be kept in a sling for elevation and to mitigate swelling. Initial swelling and bruising may cause mild pain in the first few days. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications to keep you comfortable after the cosmetic surgery and hand repair.

You will be instructed to keep your hand above chest level for the first few days. This is to control swelling. You will not be allowed to drive for several weeks following the surgery. You should have someone stay over for a few days as well if required to help with daily chores.

Rehabilitation and Recovery

You may be asked to wear the splint at all times if the hand has been placed in one. The splint should be worn for at least 3 – 6 weeks. You should take care the splint doesn’t get wet. You may need to cover it with a plastic bag while showering. Your physical therapist may teach you a few specific hand exercises following the surgery. This will either be before you leave the surgery center or at a later scheduled appointment.

The physical therapy exercises are meant to prevent the repaired tendons from sticking to surrounding tissues. This can restrain hand movement. You may be asked to avoid smoking for a few weeks or months following the surgery for safe and effective healing.

Resuming Your Normal Routine

The location and nature of your hand injury will determine how soon you can return to your normal routine. It will also determine how soon you can go back to your workplace. It takes three months for a repaired tendon to regain full strength. However, full range of movement may take up to six months to be restored.

The affected finger and thumb in certain cases may not move as before in certain cases. However, in certain cases, most patients can type, write, and perform other light activities in about 6 – 8 weeks. Other intense activities may require 8 – 10 weeks. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Marco Gonzalez receives patients from El Paso, TX, and nearby areas for hand surgery.

Contact El Paso, TX Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Marco A. Gonzalez

For more information on Plastic Surgery (cirugía plástica) and Non-Surgical Medical Spa procedures and treatments, please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (cirujano plástico), Dr. Marco A. Gonzalez (Dr. G) by clicking here or calling 915-600-2639.

Serving patients in El Paso Texas, Las Cruces New Mexico, Ciudad Juárez Mexico and surrounding areas.

Get Started Send Us A Message

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.