Following surgery the elbow may be splinted or casted for a short period of time. A sling may be worn in if it provides comfort for the child.
Pain medications will be administrated.
It is expected the duration of the hospital stay will be one to two days but this will depend on pain levels and management.
The wound will be checked prior to discharge and a follow up appointment to see A/Prof Al Muderis in his room 10 -14 days post surgery will be made.
A physiotherapist will prescribe an exercise program to help strengthen the joint and the surrounding muscles and tendons. Motion exercises should begin shortly after surgery, sometimes even the next day depending on pain.
Following surgery the child is restricted from lifting with the injured arm for six weeks. In the early days following surgery it is not uncommon not to be able to straighten the injured elbow and they may need to use the uninjured arm to assist.
Full recovery from an elbow fracture requires diligence and commitment to the rehabilitation exercise program prescribed by the physiotherapist. Success following elbow fracture surgery largely depends on the level of commitment given to the rehabilitation program.
Concerns: Please contact the office if you are worried about your child's level of pain, if there is significant bleeding, or fever or redness around the surgical site.
If you require assistance after hours, please contact the hospital where the surgery was performed and they will contact A/Prof Al Muderis on your behalf.
Norwest Private Hospital: (02) 8882 8882
Sydney Adventist Hospital: (02) 9487 9111
Macquarie University Hospital: (02) 9812 3000