What to expect afterwards
When you wake up after your operation, the nerve block may make your arm feel numb and weak for 12-48 hours. The nerve block is likely to significantly reduce or completely remove your pain helping you get over the worst of the pain from the operation. The blocks are normally very effective and last into the next day. Your arm will then start to return to normal sensation.
It is important to take painkillers regularly, continuing for at least 2-3 days, even if you are comfortable, as the pain can sometimes return suddenly. Remember that painkilling tablets can take up to an hour to work. Your healthcare team will advise you further.
You may be given a sling to wear. The sling is for comfort only. You can take it on and off as you wish once the nerve block has worn off. Normally it is discarded after a few days. You may find it helpful to wear the sling at night for the first few nights, particularly if you tend to lie on your side. Your healthcare team will advise you further.
You should be able to go home the same day. However, your doctor may recommend that you stay a little longer. If you do go home a responsible adult should take you home in a car or taxi and stay with you for 24 hours.
The healthcare team will give you advice on wound care and tell you if you need to have any stitches removed or dressings changed.