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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Finger amputation is when part of a finger is removed from your hand.
Follow up with your bone or hand specialist within 2 days:
Write down any questions you have so you remember to ask them in your follow-up visits.
How to care for your injury:
Follow your treatment plan to help prevent an infection or further tissue loss.
- Wound care: If you do not see a bone or hand specialist within 2 days, you will need to change your bandage and clean your wound as directed.
- Splints: You may need to wear a splint to support your finger while it heals. Wear the splint as directed.
- Pain medicine: You may be given pain medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
- Antibiotics: This medicine will help fight or prevent an infection. Take your antibiotics until they are gone, even if you feel better.
- Take your medicine as directed: Call your bone or hand specialist if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are taking any vitamins, herbs, or other medicines. Keep a list of the medicines you take. Include the medicine given to you today. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your wound drains pus (thick white or yellow fluid).
- Your wound starts to bleed and does not stop even after you apply pressure.
- Your wound bleeds more than usual.
- Your pain is severe even after you take your pain medicine.
- You have a fever.
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