Talk to your surgeon about what you can expect after your surgery. You may be able to go home the same day. Or you may need to stay in the hospital overnight. Before leaving the hospital, you will likely have X-rays taken of your arm. This is to check the repair.
You will have some pain after the surgery. Your doctor will tell you what pain medicine you can take to help reduce the pain. Don't take certain over-the-counter medicines for pain as instructed. Some of these may interfere with bone healing. You can also use ice packs to help lessen pain and swelling.
For a while after your surgery, you must be careful not to move your arm at all. Often, this means you'll need to wear a splint for several weeks. A splint will help you keep your arm from moving. Make sure keep your splint does not get wet. Your healthcare provider will tell you when it is safe to move your arm again.
Your surgeon may also tell you to eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D to help with bone healing. You may need to take medicine called a blood thinner for a little while after your surgery. Blood thinners stop blood from clotting or clumping together. Follow all your doctor’s instructions carefully.