Post-op Care & Advice

Advice Following Release of Trigger Finger / Thumb

How do I care for my wound?

You may remove bandages after two days. The wound must stay covered with a adhesive dressing until you have the stitches removed in 10 days time.

Can I have a shower or bath?

Yes, but you must cover the dressing with a plastic bag or cling film.

When do the stitches come out?

The stitches should be removed in 10 days time.

Please make an appointment with your own Practice Nurse or with the dressings clinic at Camborne & Redruth Hospital if you live in that area. Tel: 01209 318070 or 01209 318069.

How long do I wear the sling for?

Wear the sling for at least 48 hours.  This helps to reduce any swelling to the fingers.  If it is comfortable then wear the sling at night, if not elevate the hand on pillows next to you with your hand higher than your elbow.

What exercises do I do?

Gently bend and stretch your fingers including the one operated on, at least every hour.

Do I need to take pain killers?

If you have any pain or discomfort, take some painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, providing you are not allergic to them. Please don’t take Aspirin or any other medication containing Aspirin, e.g. Dispirin, as these can cause bleeding.

What do I do if the wound starts to bleed?

Press firmly on the wound with a clean dressing or handkerchief.  If the bleeding doesn’t stop contact us or, if out of hours, contact NHS 111.

What does it mean if the wound is red, painful and is discharging?

The wound is probably infected. Contact us immediately for advice and treatment with antibiotics or, if out of hours, contact NHS 111.

When can I return to work?

You can return to work in 10 days time.  Check with your surgeon if you have any queries.

Please contact us in the first instance, rather than your own surgery, on 01726 885104 if you have any queries or problems. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 08:30am – 16:30pm only.

If outside of these hours, then please contact NHS 111 on 111. Please note that NHS 111 may refer you on elsewhere if necessary.


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