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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.

See also the additional material on postoperative infection and compartment syndrome.

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

See also the additional material on healing times.

v1.0 2016-12-01