This handout explains the follow-up care after surgery to stabilize the extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) tendon. During surgery, the extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) tendon was replaced back in the normal location on the ulna and secured to the bone with special sutures. A splint has been used to maintain the arm in position, to allow the tendon to heal without dislocating. Please do not lift anything with this arm during healing. If the splint feels tight, you may unwrap and rewrap the Ace bandages. Because a local anesthetic and a regional block were used, you may notice numbness or a tingling sensation in your hands and fingers for several hours or days. This is normal and should dissipate over the course of the next few days.
If the skin around the incision is red or if there is drainage coming out of it please call us right away. The phone number is at the bottom of this page. Go to the emergency room if this occurs at night or on a weekend. We recommend that you start physical therapy within one week following surgery to lessen the scarring around the incision, improve range of motion, and when appropriate increase your hand and arm strength. If you do not have an appointment to begin post-operative therapy, please contact our office and we will coordinate that for you.