Following your surgery your first post-operative visit with Dr Marchant is usually 12-14 days after the surgery. At this appointment you will usually see both Dr Marchant and a hand therapist or physiotherapist. Participation in rehabilitation post-surgery has been shown to assist in achieving the optimum result, with the therapists assisting in activities such as range of motion, strengthening, scar management and the provision of slings, braces or splints.
At your initial post-operative visit, the therapist will assist Dr Marchant with the removal of any plaster and dressings and attend to the wound.
At this visit (under the supervision of Dr Marchant):
- The plaster will be removed (if present).
- The dressings will be removed.
- The wound will be inspected and any stitches will be removed.
- The wounds are redressed
- Dr Marchant will explain the operative findings and ongoing care
- Any questions will be answered.
- Physiotherapy exercises will be prescribed if appropriate.
- Follow-up appointments will be made.
Further appointments will be made depending on what operation you have had. Generally you are seen at the six week and then the twelve week post-surgery mark.