Minor Procedures

Minor procedures such as carpal tunnel, tendon sheath release, mucous cyst and ganglion excision are commonly performed in our local theatre, which runs on a Wednesday. All procedures are usually completed within 30 – 45 minutes.

  • Procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic so there is no need to fast before surgery.
  • If you are on Warfarin or Dabigatran, you will need to stop 48 hours before your surgery and re-commence 24 hours after your surgery. Please discuss with your surgeon if you have any concerns.
  • Please advise us of any allergies you may have.
  • Driving is not recommended after your surgery so you will need to organize a chaperone.
  • Please expect some delays on the day, and allow yourself plenty of time when you come.
  • If you require oral sedation, please read the information provided on the link.

Before coming in for surgery

  • Clean your hands thoroughly, paying attention to dirt under your nails. This is especially important if you have been working outside or with grease and other dirty substances.
  • Remove any jewelry from your fingers on the hand undergoing treatment.
  • Wear a comfortable, loose top.  Tee shirts and short sleeves are preferred.
  • Organize time off from work. We can advise how many days you should require.

After surgery: what to expect

  • Your operated hand/finger will be numb from the local anaesthetic. It will take 3 to 4 hours for the anaesthetic to wear off. You may start to experience pain after this time.
  • If you are in severe pain, please take pain relief medication as instructed by your surgeon.
  • Your hand will be wrapped in crepe bandage, which you should keep dry.
  • Swelling is expected, so keep your arm elevated at chest level to reduce it.
  • You should have your wound checked and suture removed (non-absorbable sutures) in approximately 10-12 days after your surgery. This will be arranged for either our rooms or your GP’s clinic before you leave.

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