Hand surgery is performed by a variety of surgeons over a number of locations in NHSGG&C. Currently the post operative care provided is based on individual surgeon’s specific protocols and/ or historical processes.
The guideline was developed to standardise the post-operative care for hand surgical procedures carried out in NHSGG&C.
- To make post operative treatment recommendations based on evidence and sound clinical reasoning.
- To improve both the quality and consistency of post operative care in NHSGG&C
The guideline provides recommendations for post operative care for six common surgical procedures - Carpal Tunnel Release, Cubital Tunnel Decompression, Dupuytrens Contracture - Fasciectomy, De-Quervain’s Release, Trapeziectomy and Trigger Finger Release. The information contained in this guide is not exhaustive. There are many other operations performed across NHSGG&C.
Target user of guideline
This guideline has been developed for use by orthopaedic surgeons/ registrars/ AHP’s and orthopaedic nurses.
This guide is not intended to replace individual clinical reasoning. It is recognized that at times there may be some local variance in procedures and protocol. If there is any doubt regarding the procedures and protocols for a particular patient, please contact the clinic responsible for the procedure.