Needle Aponeurotomy Care Instructions

The following provides pre- and post-surgical information for Needle Aponeurotomy performed at The Hand & Wrist Center. We make it a priority to fully inform you of what is going on at all intervals of your procedure, so we hope that this section provides you with key information.

Your Preparation Prior to Needle Aponeurotomy

We know that preparing for any procedure may cause levels of concern of what not to do, what not to eat and drink, and what else you should be aware of prior to the procedure. Rest assured that because this is a minimally-invasive procedure, there is minimal (if any) preparation required.

Your Care Following Needle Aponeurotomy

Due to the nature of Needle Aponeurotomy, wounds and bleeding may occur, but these are uncommon. Therefore, minimal post-procedure bandaging may or may not be required for a few days initially. If bandaging will be necessary following your procedure, our Physician will provide you with further instructions following your procedure.

Prescription pain medication is not typically necessary following the procedure. However, in the event of discomfort, patients may elect to take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to help ease these symptoms. If you feel that you need to "take something for pain," we recommend that you first consult with our Physician, your Primary Care Physician, and/or a Pharmacist prior to taking any medications. Prophylactic antibiotics are usually not necessary, but may be prescribed at the discretion of your prior treating Physician, Primary Care Physician, or our Physician, or under other special circumstances.

For the first 1 to 2 days following your procedure:

For the first 5-10 days following your procedure:

Occasionally, night splints or custom-fabricated splints are utilized to help maximize return of extension. If this is necessary, our Physician will provide them to you on the day of your procedure.

Lastly, do not be concerned if numbness and tingling sensations and/or pain is present in the treated hand following your procedure. This is expected for several hours to possibly a few days following your procedure. These symptoms will begin to diminish. However, if these symptoms do not self-resolve, please contact our Office immediately.

Post-Procedure Follow-Up

Our Physician and Staff will inform you when/if you need to be seen back in our Office following your procedure. In some cases, we may ask to see you at future intervals of 3, 6 and/or 12 months to monitor the possibility for severe contracture recurrence. However, in the event that our Physician indicates that you do not require long-term follow-up, please know that we will be glad to see you at any time.

When Questions Arise

We realize that questions will arise at the time you least anticipate, typically occurring once you have just left our Office. Rest assured that our Office is available by telephone 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. If at any time following your procedure you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (562) 424-9000. After-hours, our answering service will ensure that your telephone call is attended to as soon as possible. If you have questions of a less-urgent nature, you may contact us by completing any of the Contact Us portals listed throughout our website, which we normally respond to within 24 to 48 hours.

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