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Is it normal for my hand to be swollen after hand surgery?

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Dr. Wesley Marquart
General Surgery 18 years experience
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 decide.
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Absolutely: The blood supply to the hand is so good that there will be significant swelling after almost any hand operation or injury. It is very important to elevate the hand above the heart for 2-3 days postoperatively, otherwise you will feel each heartbeat in your hand. Elevation can be as effective as pain medicine in reducing hand pain after surgery.
Dr. Alex Meyers
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Hand swelling: Hand swelling after hand surgery is very common. Make sure you are elevating the hand enough. Touch base with your treating physician if the dressing is tight and whether its ok to loosen. Also if your fingers are free finger motion will help swelling as well but again make sure this is ok with your treating physician as well.

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Last updated Dec 19, 2015

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