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Forum Name: Joint surgery

Question: K-wire stabilization mallet finger

 stimpy - Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:48 pm


Two days ago, I had a k-wire inserted across the DIP joint to stabilize a mallet finger of left middle finger.

It is quite sore. I've tried to avoid painkillers, and would be curious to know how long post-procedure pain lasts?

 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:53 pm

User avatar Hello,
Post procedure pain will diminish over 1-2 weeks.

During this time, protect the finger from trauma large or small and use pain meds as needed.

Some pain meds are narcotics while others are not. A few days of narcotic pain meds followed by OTC analgesics works well for most folks in your situation. But discuss with the surgeon what works best for you over the next two weeks.

Also, if your surgeon allows you to use ice packs, then do so.

Take care.

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