Open Mallet Deformity Repair
To correct Mallet Finger is called an Open Mallet Deformity Repair. This involves a small horizontal incision to the distal joint and placement of a pin into tip of affected finger. This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis meaning you will be able to go home that day.
Things to know:
- You will be discharged in a temporary splint that must be kept clean and dry until you are seen for follow up.
- You will follow up with us in the office 1-2 days after the procedure. You will be sent for a custom splint that is removable for showering ONLY.
- After 48 hours you may shower. While showering, you may use soap and water, but be sure to pat the incision dry. It is important that you do not submerge your surgical incision in water (i.e. no bath tubs, swimming pools, washing dishes, etc.). While showering, it is important you do not use your hand/arm. After showering, pat incision dry and replace splint.
- It is important to elevate your arm on a couple of pillows to alleviate pain and swelling.
- Sutures and pin will remain in place for 6 weeks.
- Typically follow up appointments are scheduled in two-week intervals following surgery, so we can monitor your recovery.
- You will wear your splint at all times for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, your pin and sutures will be removed in the office.
- You will be referred for Occupational Therapy of the affected hand.
Postoperative restrictions are as follows:
- NO use of the affected hand.
- Must wear splint at all times, except while showering.