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in normal to have hand stiffness and swelling six weeks after rotator cuff surgery

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not unusual.: It could be a normal occurence from the swelling associated with surgery. You should check with your surgeon to make sure it's not something else.
Dr. David Hettinger
36 years experience Podiatry
It can be...: Just like swelling in the foot after knee or hip surgery. It can happen and should go away as time goes by.

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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
32 years experience General Surgery
Post surgery care: You need to report this extremity swelling to your surgery team. In the recovery period, set backs and problems need to be evaluated to avoid serious ... Read More
Dr. Charles Toman
18 years experience Sports Medicine
Positioning: During surgery I use an arm positioning device that holds on to the hand wrist fingers and forearm. Many surgeons use this. I have had a few patients ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Move fingers: After rotator cuff surgery the arm and hand can swell. Keeping the elbow hand and fingers moving will help with the drainage. If it doesnt help you ca ... Read More
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes, several things.: Check with your surgeon to make sure that you don't have signs of a blood clot. If that's ruled out, then you can wear a compressive sleeve over the e ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
19 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Surgery: This is not uncommon after rotator cuff surgery because fluids are typically used and after surgery that fluid collects and then drains along the path ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Swelling in the hand after any surgery on the shoulder, elbow, or wrist is usually not a problem. The combination of increased blood flow to the arm ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
See your surgeon: You really should discuss this with your surgeon since he/she was there and can give you all og the what ifs.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hill Hastings
47 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Nerve irritation: Very rare. At times positioning during surgery can stretch and irritate the brachial plexus. Pre-existing carpal tunnel syndrome can be aggravated by ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
47 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Ulnar nerve : What you describe is ulnar nerve irritation (called cubital tunnel syndrome ) most likely probably has nothing directly to do with the rotator cuff ... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Brachial plexus: The shoulder joint is nearby the brachial plexus, and perhaps some nerve stretching occurred, during rehab, but the problem might be at the elbow inst ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
24 years experience General Surgery
Swollen wrist.: You had a rotator cuff repair 2 months ago. You have a swollen wrist on the same side with pain. See your doctor who performed the surgery. If enti ... Read More

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