This handout explains the follow-up care after the surgery to repair your scapholunate ligament (SLL). The SLL is a complex ligament (Fig 1). When it ruptures, the wrist collapses (Fig 2). The ligament repair depends on the type of injury, but the goal is to reconstruct the biomechanics of the original ligament (Fig 3). This ligament is very difficult to repair and is analogous to the ACL of the knee. The splint is there for your protection. It is important to move your fingers to avoid stiffness, but please do not lift anything with the operable hand. It is important to protect the repair for approximately 3 months after surgery.
We placed a drain to remove excess fluid and to minimize the risk of infection. While the drain is in place, please make sure to take the antibiotics that were prescribed to you. Please coordinate with our office so that you have an appointment 2 days after surgery, to remove the drain. Alternatively, you may remove the drain at home with instructions for the postoperative nurses in the surgery center. Please see the pain medication form for more detailed information about the postoperative medications to avoid pain, nausea and constipation. If the incision is red or if there is drainage coming out of it, please call us right away. The phone number is listed on the bottom of the page. Go to the emergency room if this occurs at a night or on a weekend.