Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools

Home > Patient Education Repository > 14137--DeQuervain's Surgery

patient education : 14137--DeQuervain's Surgery

Discharge instructions following DeQuervain's surgery

Handout File:

PDF document icon PE14137_eng_DequervainSurgery.pdf — PDF document, 39 KB (40800 bytes)
  1. document content:

    DeQuervain’s surgery

    These instructions will help you take care of yourself at home.

     

    Diet

    Start with clear liquids after you reach home. Wait about 45 minutes and if you do not feel sick, try bland foods first and then progress to your usual diet.

     

    Activity

    • Keep your hand elevated above your heart when at rest.
    • No weight bearing with your affected extremity.
    • Remember to move your elbow and shoulder at least four times a day to prevent stiffness.

     

    Special Care Needed

    • Do not remove your splint or dressing.
    • The splint/ will protect your injury. 
    • Do not get it wet.
    • Do take your pain medication as directed.

     

    Infection

    Watch for any sign of infection after surgery:

    • Fever or chills greater than 101° F.
    • A significant increase in pain not relieved by your medication.  Remember that you are expected to have pain.
    • An increase in swelling.
    • Increased redness or streaking into the hand or up the arm.

     

    When to call your surgeon

    Contact us at 434-982-HAND during regular business hours or call 434-924-0000 and ask for “Resident on call” for
    Dr. _______________________ if: 

    • If your dressing becomes wet.
    • No urine output eight (8) hours after surgery
    • No bowel movement in three (3)days
    • There are signs of infection as above
    • Chest pain or shortness of breath
    • Vomiting lasting more than four (4) hours
    • Large amount of bleeding (more than one teaspoon)

    Call 911 if you have chest pain or shortness of breath

  2. related or referenced content:

    No Related Content Available

TO ORDER MULTIPLE COPIES:
  1. Search for and choose the link to your document. (Left click)
  2. Right click the document PDF in the record. Choose "Copy shortcut" from the drop down menu.
  3. Open your email to send a "New E-mail".
  4. Right click in the body of the email to paste the link into the email.
  5. Send email with your name, PTAO, quantity and contact/delivery information to .