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How long does swelling typically last after hand surgery

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Some amount of hand swelling after hand surgery is normal. The amount of hand swelling depends on the condition and the treatment needed for the condi ... Read More
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Dr. Bauback Safa
20 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends: You should always expect swelling after surgery. The amount will depend on the surgery itself, the patient, and how aggressively the hand is being use ... Read More
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Dr. Barry Press
44 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends: Depends on the kind and magnitude of surgery. There is almost always some swelling after any hand surgery (or hand injury.) that is why it is importan ... Read More

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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elliot Duboys
44 years experience Plastic Surgery
Varies: If, by swelling you mean an increase in size of a finger, palm, etc - this usually disappears within one month. Keeping your hand elevated will minim ... Read More
Dr. Otto Placik
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends on surgery..: The swelling will depend on the extent of surgery, initial trauma, and subsequent wound care (elevation, mobilization, etc).
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
Variable: While it is dependent upon who you are, what the surgery is, what the extent of injury was and other factors such as health and related issues, swelli ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Some amount of hand swelling after hand surgery is normal. The amount of hand swelling depends on the condition and the treatment needed for the condi ... Read More
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Dr. Bauback Safa
20 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends: You should always expect swelling after surgery. The amount will depend on the surgery itself, the patient, and how aggressively the hand is being use ... Read More
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
Swelling can occur: but ICE, MOTION of the fingers and whatever is allowed, ELEVATION, gentle not overhead but higher than ones heart are huge in reducing swelling. IF al ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Can be: Some swelling after an injury or surgery is common. It is however important to control the swelling which will help with movement of the fingers. Elev ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Mintz
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Sub cutaneous: Bleeding, post op- go back ; see the surgeon who preformed the surgery- probably not to worry just healing process in your case, .
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
Nerve Healing: Injured sensory nerves in the hand can regrow in many cases. If the nerve has been bruised, or cut/repaired it will typically regrow from the point of ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
I'd be concerned now: Call your Dr. who did the surgery,and let him know what is going on. This may be nothing,orit could be something serious like nerve damage.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Munshower
30 years experience Family Medicine
That depends: On the type of surgery, how well you can recover, any medications you may be taking, if you are keeping it elevated often, resting it, have a cast on ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
MONTHS: Do not "start early" compared to what your hand surgeon has told you--it can severely disturb the surgical reconstruction and "shred" important parts ... Read More
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