Post Operative Instructions

Distal Radius Fracture Surgery

Keep your dressing dry and in place for 8-10 days. A splint will restrict wrist movement. Move your fingers as much as possible. Use an arm sling just as needed for comfort. Stay ahead of the pain. Typically, narcotic pain pills may be helpful for the first 3-7 days. Ibuprofen is fine to take to supplement with the narcotic prescribed. When the pain is minimal, Ibuprofen alone without the narcotic is best. Stitches are removed in 8-10 days, at which time a removable splint is worn. Physical therapy is typically recommended to optimize recovery, starting from 2-6 weeks after the surgery. This injury takes a while to recover from, with a minimum of 3 months until feeling ready for all activities and many will say it takes 6-12 months for the entire recovery process.