A 58-year-old female asked:
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6 weeks post-surgery rotator cuff. discontinued sling. hand swollen, pain (sometimes severe) in thumb pad & "click" when thumb moves. problem?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 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 irritation and swelling in the finger (and thumb) tendons. When the tendons don't fit through the tendon sheaths, they cause triggering, or locking of the fingers and thumb.
Answered on Oct 26, 2012
Dr. Brian Badman
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Trigger thumb: You may have a trigger thumb that was exacerbated with the surgery. Hand swelling can be normal and typically resolves. I would have your treating surgeon take a look and possibly inject if the the thumb is actually locking on you.
Answered on Sep 25, 2016
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