The majority of patients will go home the same day. On rare occasions an overnight stay may be needed if we need to observe you further.
The sling is to help elevate your hand to prevent swelling and for comfort. You can take the sling off at any time and you do not need to sleep with it on, although there is no harm in doing so. After a week or two, the sling can usually be discarded if you feel comfortable. Do not forget to take your arm out to exercise the wrist, elbow and shoulder to prevent stiffness.
As long as you keep the bandage or plaster dry, showering is absolutely fine. There are products available for this (Limbo) or you can simply use a plastic bag sealed with tape. If at the 2 week appointment your wound is fully healed, getting it wet would not be a problem.
You can cancel your operation at any time, but please give us as much notice as you can. Contact the bookings department who will cancel the surgery and inform the team.
During office hours 9-5, please call Jane Applebee for non-urgent problems. For urgent problems that cannot wait, come to Accident & Emergency and let the staff know of your recent surgery.