Surgical Information

Post Operative Instructions for Upper Extremity


  • Remain generally at rest.
  • Elevate and apply ice to area for the first 48 hours.
  • Dressings must be kept dry.


Take the following medication as directed:

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Pain Medication Tips:

  • Do not drive while taking pain medications.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking pain medications.
  • Pain medication should be taken with food as this will help prevent any stomach upset.
  • Often pain medications will cause constipation. Eat high fiber foods and increase your fluid intake if possible. To alleviate constipation, purchase a stool softener at any pharmacy and follow the recommended directions on the bottle.


  • Slight bleeding through the dressing/cast is common. Dressings/cast must be kept dry.
  • Modify your bathing appropriately. Cover your dressing/cast with plastic when bathing.
  • Use rubbing alcohol to remove the betadine prep solution from the skin.


Your surgeon should be contacted by calling 703-810-5202 Option 3, 24 hours a day for any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever greater than 101.5 degrees F.
  • Numbness, loss of good color or coolness in the arm.
  • Severe pain unresponsive to narcotic medication.
  • Excessive bleeding or vomiting.
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, CALL 911.


Your post-operative follow up appointment is scheduled on ________________ at the Reston office. If you need to verify or change your post-op appointment, please call 703-277-BONE (2663).