Elevation may be helpful with swelling but frankly the extremity is going to swell no matter what position it is...
How do I care for the surgical dressing?
There is no set rule, but we usually ask patients to remove their dressing in two days. Washing the wound after removal of the dressings with soap and water is recommended. Reapply a soft comfortable dressing to keep the wound clean. When in doubt, wash the wound.
The dressings should be snug but if really uncomfortable, we recommend removing the ACE wrap and reapplying looser. Don’t be alarmed if you see swelling in the hand/fingers or extremity. This is normal after surgery when there is a dressing placed with an ACE compression wrap.