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Authors: Andrew Howard, Theddy Slongo

Pediatric distal humerus 13-E/8.1 Arthrotomy and excision

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Postoperative care

The arm is rested in a sling for comfort, but early motion should be encouraged.

If the child remains for some hours/days in bed, the elbow should be elevated on pillows to reduce swelling and pain.

The postoperative protocol is as follows:

  • Discharge from hospital according to local practice (1-3 days)
  • Clinical follow-up 7-10 days postoperatively
  • Return to demanding activities and sports as soon as symptoms allow
  • Physiotherapy is normally not indicated

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