DIGITAL NERVE REPAIR
· You have had small nerve repaired in your finger/thumb.
· A splint will have been made for you to wear at all times for the next 3 weeks. This will protect your hand and help the nerve to heal.
· If your hand is swelling then keep it up in the air as much as possible.
· You will be given some exercises to do to help stop your fingers from becoming stiff, and to also help make your finger less tender.
Exercises: Do these every hour in your splint
1. Bend your finger down fully and make a fist, then straighten it back to the level of the splint. Use your other hand to help if needed. Repeat x 20.
2. Massage your scar (once the wounds have healed and your stitches have been removed). X 5 minutes.
3. Using a finger of your other hand, rapidly tap lightly over the most sensitive area of your finger. Do this for 3 minutes. This will help make your finger less sensitive.
4. Move all the other fingers/wrist/elbow/shoulder through a full range to prevent them becoming stiff.
· Do your exercises regularly
· Do keep your splint on all the time
· Do not get your wound wet whilst your stitches are still in.