Doan Nguyen, MD
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Trauma Orthopaedic Specialist

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Elbow Surgery Instructions

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After your elbow surgery, keep your arm in the sling at all times.

Only take your arm out of the sling in order to bend and straighten your elbow a few times a day. Make sure to squeeze and open your hand as often as you can. Apply ice to your elbow for the first couple days after the surgery to help reduce swelling. Keep your bandage dry using a waterproof plastic bag and hair dryer.

Keep your arm elevated above the level of your heart to prevent swelling. You can use a pillow or some other support when you are sitting or lying down, and hold it up when you are standing. Do not depend on the sling, because this puts your arm below the level of your heart. You usually only need to do this for two to three days.

Take your pain medication as needed with food. Follow the instructions given in your prescription. Do not wait until pain become severe before you decide to take medication.

Remember to schedule a post operation visit to for a check-up and to obtain further instructions from the doctor.

Please report any of the following signs to our office:

Signs of infection:
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Drainage at the incision site
  • Fever of 101 degrees or more
Signs of Decreased Circulation:
  • Coldness
  • Tingling/ numbness
  • Increase in pain
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