Your surgeon may prescribe pain medicine or suggest you take an anti-inflammatory medicine. You might also be instructed to apply ice (or another cold source) to your hand. To make an ice pack, put ice cubes in a plastic bag that seals at the top. Wrap the bag in a clean, thin towel or cloth. Never put ice or an ice pack directly on the skin. The cold pack can be put right on the bandage, cast, or splint. Leave the cold source on your hand for as long as it’s comfortable. Do this several times a day for the first few days after surgery. It may take several minutes before you can feel the cold through the cast, splint, or bandages.