Distal Radius Fracture

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Postoperative Guidelines

  • Begin active range of motion of your fingers immediately and remember to elevate and use ice to control swelling.
  • Your splint/dressing should remain on until your first postoperative visit which will be 8-14 days after surgery and will be on your discharge paperwork. 
  • Your splint and sutures will be removed at your first postoperative visit, and you will be placed in a removable wrist splint.
  • Hand therapy will be ordered for forearm, wrist, and hand motion.
  • Hand therapy for aggressive motion and grip strengthening will typically begin 5-6 weeks from surgery after you are cleared by your surgeon. 
  • Please remember these outlines are guidelines only. Your care may differ from the typical outlines provided. Please talk to your surgeon or your surgeon’s nurse or medical assistant if you have any questions about your post-operative care. If you have any questions, please call our office at (314) 514-3500.

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