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Why are my fingernails growing very slowly after hand surgery?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Not uncommon: Changes in the rate of fingernail growth after surgery both slower and faster are not uncommon. In time the rate of growth generally normalizes.
Dr. Mark Einbecker
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
Vascular flow: After surgery of the hand the general flow of blood to the hand can be altered to affect the fingernail growth. This is usually not a lomg term issue unless it is a replant part.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Nail growth: Fingernails growth is not uniform. Longer fingers with longer phalanges grow faster. Some state that nails grow fster in the summer. Nutritional and metabolic issues affects nail growth. Recent trauma or surgery may slow down growth.

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Last updated Feb 19, 2020

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