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Why would my hand be swelling after a rotator cuff surgery

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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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Elbow bent in brace: Assuming you had an arthroscopic repair, a significant amount of fluid passes through the shoulder, and some moves in to the surrounding soft tissues ... Read More
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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 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.
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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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 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Trigger finger: After a rotator cuff repair, it is not uncommon to have swelling. This swelling can stay around the entire arm and hand. Swelling can also cause irri ... Read More
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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