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Is it normal for my hand to swell after my rotator cuff surgery

A 50-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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
41 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.
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
18 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 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hill Hastings
46 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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wesley Marquart
17 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Swelling is a normal part of the healing process, however, it could also be a sign that something is wrong. Your surgeon should examine your hand and ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Zasuly
27 years experience Plastic Surgery
Usually: Generally the hand can swell after arm surgery, especially if the bandage is tight. You should elevate the hand and make sure the bandage is not cons ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
23 years experience Hand Surgery
Can happen: Depending in the surgical procedure you had and the position in which you were placed for the procedure, the shoulder may become sore afterwards. Sym ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roger Palutsis
35 years experience Sports Medicine
Need PT: Most surgeons recommend physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery to help with motion and guide the success of a repair. Sounds like you may be dev ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Miller
45 years experience Anesthesiology
Shoulder : Unfortunately I have seen many patients like u continuing to have pain long after healing should have occurred. The surgery is mostly for increased ra ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Elliott
35 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes: That is not uncommon, however if the swelling gets worse or you are having calf pain contact your doctor as there would be concern about a blood clot.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
43 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends: It depends on the type and severity of injury. If there is a lot of swelling in the forearm, this may impair venous return from the hand and cause swe ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Could be dermatitis : The prep solution used during surgery to prevent infection may cause skin irritation. If you have taken off your bandage, check your skin for redness ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Mass
45 years experience Hand Surgery
No: If the finger feels real hot and remains that way for more than 24 hours, you need to see your surgeon as you might have an infection.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roger Palutsis
35 years experience Sports Medicine
Yes: It is not uncommon for a dislocated shoulder to be asssociated with nerve injury. This can be either numbness or even muscle paralysis. The good new ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Duncan
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Very common...: This problem is very common after distal radius surgery, especially with an ex-fix. You wil need hand therapy for several weeks but your function shou ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Sisto
36 years experience Breast Surgery
No: But may have nothing to do with it.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No: Some degree of swelling that tracks down from the shoulder to the elbow after an arthroscopic shoulder surgery is normal, but if it is quite severe I ... Read More
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Were is the itching?: Some scar some times itch for a while but you treat them with steroid ointment locally. If the itching some place else right me please.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clayton Peimer
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No: Most "ulnar nerve surgeries" are releases for compression at elbow level; hand swelling can be reversed by elevation, gentle motion and exercise. If ... Read More
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A 73-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
33 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rotator cuff: Would get a second opinion. Sounds like you are still having shoulder problems. Would recommend another ortho surgeon or physical medicine or sports m ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Not only can you, but usually you're encouraged to move it early and often after surgery. Ice is helpful to reduce swelling. Anti-inflammatories are ... Read More

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