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How long does swelling last following hand surgery?

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Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Varies: If, by swelling you mean an increase in size of a finger, palm, etc - this usually disappears within one month. Keeping your hand elevated will minimize the swelling. However, after hand surgery, months of therapy might be necessary to recuperate motion, etc.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Depends on surgery..: The swelling will depend on the extent of surgery, initial trauma, and subsequent wound care (elevation, mobilization, etc).
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Variable: While it is dependent upon who you are, what the surgery is, what the extent of injury was and other factors such as health and related issues, swelling at the time of surgery reaches maximun at about 48-72 hours after surgery typically. This is why the first few days are very important for ice and elevation and that if allowed (read that (allowed) early motion may help diminish swelling.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
6-12 Weeks: Typically all residual swelling will be gone by 3 months however some patients such as diabetics and smokers tend to have swelling longer.

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How long does swelling typically last after hand surgery?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Some amount of hand swelling after hand surgery is normal. The amount of hand swelling depends on the condition and the treatment needed for the condition. Is important to control the swelling mostly with elevation and keeping the fingers moving. If this fails occupational therapists can help to reduce the swelling.

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