Postop Peripheral Nerve Surgery Instructions

Post DischargePERIPHERAL NERVE Instructions

Carpal Tunnel/Ulnar Nerve/Peroneal Nerve/Sural Nerve Surgeries
  • If your wound is closed with non-resorbable stitches, you will need to return to our Practice for the removal of the stitches by our Nurse Practitioner approximately 14 days after surgery.
  • If your wound will be closed with resorbable sutures, you will not require any stitch removal.
  • At the ends of the incisions where the knots of the sutures are, you may encounter some irritation or even a small tail of suture material surfacing. Do not be alarmed. If there is any doubt, please contact the Practice for advice and perhaps email a photo of the wound.
  • Pain from the incision site can last for up to 4 weeks, simple analgesia is usually sufficient.
  • You should not wait till the pain is extreme before taking your analgesia.
  • You will need to have your analgesia titrated to a level sufficient to allow you to perform post-surgery exercises at home or at the physiotherapist.
  • Keep using your limb BUT maintain hygiene. Do not immerse in dirty water for 3-4 weeks.
  • You may feel some hypersensitivity and numbness around incision. Do not be alarmed, this is common during the healing period.
  • Daily showers and personal hygiene should be attended to. There is no issues with the wound or the dressing getting wet.
  • Change the dressings daily for the first 7 days and allow exposure to air thereafter.
  • Wear loose clothing near the wound to minimize irritation of the skin.

Related Links

  • Westmead Private Hospital
  • Neuro Surgical Society
  • the University of Sydney