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A 59-year-old female asked:

have lymphedema in right arm and hand. also trigger finger on that side. will surgery for the trigger finger make the lymphedema worse?

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Dr. Janiece Stewart
Sports Medicine 20 years experience
No: No, surgery for trigger finger should not make the lymphedema worse. The cause of a trigger finger has nothing to do with the lack of draining of the lymph nodes which causes the lymphedema.
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Hand surgery: Lymphedema and swelling may impede the healing process. Speak with your hand surgeon. I would recommend that attempts to reduce the swelling be done before any planned elective surgery.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Possibly : It could potentially increase your risk of complications at the surgical site. Discuss directly with your surgeon to know the specifics of your individual case.

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