Patrick Olson, M.D.

TFCC Repair Post-Operative Protocol

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Days 0-14:
  • Keep post-operative dressing in place
  • Keep dressing clean and dry
  • Keep hand elevated above the level of your heart
  • Make a fist 5 times an hour while awake; finger motion (full extension and flexion) is important for all fingers.
  • May use hand for very light activities of daily living, such as eating, writing, typing, getting dressed, and brushing teeth
Day 14:

Post-Op Appointment

  • Post-operative dressing removed
  • Stitches are absorbable and steri-strips left in place
  • Placed in removable wrist splint
Weeks 1-6
  • Wear wrist splint full time
    • Take splint off to shower and to work on gentle range of motion several times a day- this is ONLY flexion and extension
      • NO rotation of wrist
  • May get steri-strips wet, but do not soak (bath tub, swimming, hot tub, etc.); pat area dry with clean towel
    • Once steri-strips fall off and the incision site is fully closed and healed, water activity is unrestricted
Weeks 7-12
  • Discontinue use of wrist splint during daily activity
    • Wear splint only during sport related activity and heavy lifting
  • Continue to work on regaining full range of motion
3 Months:
  • Return to unrestricted activity without wrist splint

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