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Recovering From Finger Surgery

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author image Wendy Rose Gould
Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.
Recovering From Finger Surgery
Close-up of a person's hand with a finger splint on the ring finger. Photo Credit Nic54/iStock/Getty Images

No matter the reason for your finger surgery, it's important to precisely follow doctor's instructions following the actual procedure. Your physician may provide you with the equipment needed to keep your hand and fingers in place -- including finger splints, gauze, tape and braces. If you experience severe or uncharacteristic pain following finger surgery, consult your doctor immediately.

Step 1

Take either a prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate any discomfort or pain. Depending on your case, your doctor may prescribe a stronger pain medication than over-the-counter drugs.

Step 2

Create an ice pack by putting ice cubes in a sealable plastic bag. Cover the bag in a clean, dry washcloth and place over the hand for 15 minutes once every one to three hours.

Step 3

Elevate your hand above your heart to reduce swelling and ease discomfort.

Step 4

Change your hand dressing at least once every two days, if possible. Make sure the incision area is dry and clean, and do not apply any ointments unless instructed by your doctor.

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