Post-Operative Instructions

Humerus Fracture

Move fingers as much as possible. If fingers are swollen, keep arm elevated with fingers pointing towards the ceiling. Keep shoulder dressing dry and in place for 48 hours. May remove shoulder dressing in 2 days and get shoulder wet in shower. Do not submerge shoulder for 2 weeks – no bath, hot tub or pool for 2 weeks. Leave shoulder open to air with no dressing after 2 days. Keep shoulder in sling for 4 weeks. Remove arm from sling 2 times a day to work on range of motion of the elbow.

You will be given 4 medications:

  • Motrin 800 mg: 1 pill every 8 hours as needed for pain
  • Percocet 5mg: 1-2 pills every 4 hours as needed for pain.
  • Keflex 500mg: 1 pill every 6 hours for 1 day only.
  • Phenergan 12.5 mg: 1 pill every 6 hours as needed for nausea

Stay ahead of the pain. Once you feel any pain, take the Motrin. If that doesn’t cover it, take the Percocet.

Return to office to see Dr. Kittredge in 2 weeks.

Any problems or questions, please call.

  • Alexandria office 703-810-5209
  • Springfield office 703-810-5210