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Dr. Aileen Shieu

Hand Surgery
San Mateo , CA
21 years experience female

About

Bio

Dr. Shieu has clinical and surgical expertise in the management of musculoskeletal and neurovascular conditions of the hand and wrist in children and adults. Common conditions treated include, but are not limited to, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, arthritis, fractures in the fingers and wrist, tendon injuries and nerve injuries.

Specialties
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Hand Surgery

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: If you are still healing your fracture, it will be difficult to do upper body strengthening. You can wear weighted wrist bands and do some strengtheni... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Stiffness: Keeping your hand or wrist in a cast too long can increase the stiffness in your joints, and then make it harder to regain full motion.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
No: Carpal tunnel symptoms include wrist pain and tingling in the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger. Wrist clicking may be from your tendon... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: The recovery from anesthesia can be anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on what medications are used, how long your surgery is, your ag... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: While there are no pills you can take to make your bones heal faster, living a healthy lifestyle does help. Smoking is a huge risk factor for poor hea... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: Treating a dislocation can be immediate if the joint returns back to its normal position. If it does not go back in place, a doctor can manipulate it ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: A fractured hand that is set properly and monitored closely should heal well after 6 weeks. More severe fractures may cause some limitations in streng... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: These symptoms may be due to a pinched nerve in the neck, shoulder, arm, or wrist. Sometimes the pinching may be positional (for example, you may be p... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
RIght away if healed: If your fracture has healed, start playing! (usually it takes about 4-8 weeks to heal a fracture.).
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
8 weeks: In general, wrist fractures take about 6-8 weeks to heal. Most patients are allowed to resume full unrestricted activity after 3 months. However, not ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: Many hand injuries can have a 100% recovery, but it all depends on the severity and the actual diagnosis. Often times, it may take some time, even ove... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: If the damage does not cause the nerve to be completely cut, then healing can occur. If a nerve has been cut, it will need to be reconnected in order ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
You need an xray: Scaphoid fractures are diagnosed through xrays. However, you do not have to go to the hospital to get xrays all the time. Many hand surgeons have xray... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Therapy and surgery: While there is no "cure" for volkmann's contracture once it has occurred, it can be improved. Depending on the degree of contracture, it can be treate... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Cardio: While you cannot lift weights, you can still participate in cardio activities, such as running, hiking or stationary cycling.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: It depends on how severe the numbness was before surgery and for how long you had your symptoms. If your surgery was to repair a cut nerve, it can som... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Deficiencies in vitamin B12 can cause tingling. Thiamine deficiency (vitamin b1) may also cause tingling along with generalized weakness and fatigue.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Finger swelling is normal after carpal tunnel surgery. However, if you just had the surgery and have quite a bit of pain or numbness, you need to make... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
4-8 weeks: It takes 4-8 weeks for finger fractures to heal. Once they have healed, your fingers will likely be stiff. You should be guided in some finger exercis... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
4-8 weeks: 4-6 weeks, depending on which bone in the finger is fractured and the severity of the fracture. Simple fractures will heal in about 4 weeks, at which ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: A fracture that does not heal sometimes needs more time in a cast. However, if it is painful or crooked, surgery may be necessary to reset the fractur... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Different joint?: Wrist fusions are often done for painful arthritis or a severely damaged joint. There are actually several joints in the wrist and hand, and you may h... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: People who perform assembly-line work, such as food packaging and electronic manufacturing; or use vibrating tools such as jackhammers, may be more su... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: This may depend on what kind of surgery you have and how stiff your fingers and wrist are. Oftentimes, you will be given a set of exercises by your su... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: It depends on what kind of work you do. Keyboarding and office work is usually ok. If you do a lot of heavy lifting or forceful activity with your fra... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Right away!: If your doctor has confirmed that your fracture has healed, you can start playing again. Start slow and gradually build up to your pre-injury playing ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
It depends: If you have any tingling or numbness, you should let your doctor know. Discomfort associated with stiffness should improve after 2-3 weeks. Gentle fin... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
4-6 weeks: Metacarpal fractures take about 4-6 weeks to heal, with proper casting or splinting. For simple fractures, patients are usually allowed to return to r... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Side effect: Carpal tunnel release can cause swelling in your hand afterwards. Sometimes this may lead to trigger finger, which is due to swelling in your tendon. ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
See a hand surgeon!: A hand surgeon will examine you and perform some tests to make sure that your tendon was not damaged. Sometimes, with partial tendon injuries, you can... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Hand transplants are possible, but for certain injuries and in certain patients. A double-hand transplant was recently performed in massachusetts. htt... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Ulnar nerve: The ulnar nerve supplies feeling to part of your ring finger and the pinky. It travels from your neck, across your elbow and then into the palm of you... Read More

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Dec 24, 2011
Very well trained and knowledgable with solid judgement
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Shieu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shieu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. Son in jail- arm cast supposed to come off last week but jail is procrastinating. Fingers are turning gray. Trying to advocate for him.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I was told once the nerve is damaged after rotator cuff surgery
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York Medical College, NY
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, NY
Completed 2006

Affiliations

American Society For Surgery Of The Hand
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