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Is it normal to feel no pain after broken elbow surgery?

Is it normal to feel no pain after broken elbow surgery?

Yes, that can happen: I see 1-2 patients every couple of months, who have no need for any pain meds after surgery. After a fractured bone is fixed, the pain greatly reduces.
So you are quite normal.
Good luck ; happy holidays. ...Read more

Dr. Ajay Balaram
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Broken Elbow (Definition)

A fracture of the joint between the upper arm & forearm that may include supra condylar, radial head, radial neck, olecranon, medial or lateral epicondyle, coranoid, ...Read more


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How long should my son stay out of school after broken elbow surgery?

How long should my son stay out of school after broken elbow surgery?

Not long: If he is pain free in a cast or sling he should be able to go to school. ...Read more

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With a broken elbow, how long will it remain painful at the wrist when turning a key ignition or door knobs? Wrist hurts 3 weeks after elbow surgery.

With a broken elbow, how long will it remain painful at the wrist when turning a key ignition or door knobs? Wrist hurts 3 weeks after elbow surgery.

Elbow surgery: The interosseous membrane can be injured with elbow trauma. This runs between the bones in the forearm (radius and ulna). This can lead to pain in the forearm with pronation/supination (palm up/palm down). X-rays performed of the wrist will ensure that the distal radial ulnar joint was not involved in your accident and be a separate reason your wrist still hurts. ...Read more

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Son had elbow surgery how long recovery?

Son had elbow surgery how long recovery?

It depends...: On the surgical procedure — this is exactly the type of question that should have been answered already by the surgeon. Go back and ask your doctor. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery from elbow surgery?

How long is the recovery from elbow surgery?

Variable: 4-6 weeks for minimally invasive or arthroscopic surgery to 6-8 months for major surgery such as fracture repair, ligament reconstruction or replacement. ...Read more

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How long would my son stay out of school for a broken elbow with surgery?

Ask UR doc: This is based on type of fracture, and type of surgery, and the stability if the repair, so ask the surgeon their recommendation. ...Read more

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How long should my son stay out of school after a broken elbow with surgery?

How long should my son stay out of school after a broken elbow with surgery?

Depends: That would be up to your orthopedist. There are usually a day or so and usually less than a week of rest and elevation and use of ice and pain meds and then depending on the splinting and comfort, the child can return to scool with the proper accommodations. Being out more than a week would seem like a long time to me unless complicated fracture. ...Read more

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What happens to a broken elbow after having surgery?

What happens to a broken elbow after having surgery?

See below: Depending on the surgery and your degree of health, as well as rehab, it should heal within 12 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: elbow surgery?

Elbow durgery: Any invasive procedure utilized to treat pathology or injury about the elbow. ...Read more

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What to do if I need elbow surgery and im scared! Does it hurt afterwards?

Every surgery does -: Hurt but the pain improves readily over the next 2-3 weeks. Being scared is normal and many people feel that way.
Rest assured you'll be well taken care for it and pain meds would be given to you.
Follow your surgeon's orders completely for getting optimum results. ...Read more

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Do you have to wear a sling after arthroscopic elbow surgery? Is it your choice to wear one or not?

Depends: It really depends on what your diagnosis is and what was done at the time of elbow arthroscopy. In my practice, it is common to use a sling for a short period after most arthroscopic elbow surgeries.

Best to ask your surgeon what his specific protocol is. ...Read more

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Is it possible to move your arm after arthroscopic elbow surgery?

Is it possible to move your arm after arthroscopic elbow surgery?

Yes: Not only can you, but usually you're encouraged to move it early and often after surgery. Ice is helpful to reduce swelling. Anti-inflammatories are also usually encouraged, like Ibuprofen or naproxen. Confirm with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Numb thumb and pointer finger after elbow surgery, should I be concerned?

Numb thumb and pointer finger after elbow surgery, should I be concerned?

A little: Depending on the procedure some numbness can occur secondary to swelling and traction on the tissues. If you had a nerve block, this might also be a factor. In any case, you should contact your surgeon — they will want to know and they can tell you whether this is "normal" for the type of procedure that you had. ...Read more

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Five months after tennis elbow surgery, can I start lifting weights?

Five months after tennis elbow surgery, can I start lifting weights?

Probable: Must follow up with your surgeon, every patient will have different outcomes. Have them clear you for workouts. ...Read more

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I got some relief from a lidocaine shot in my elbow for tennis elbow it helped other pain I had around my elbow. Will tennis elbow surgery help?

I got some relief from a lidocaine shot in my elbow for tennis elbow it helped other pain I had around my elbow. Will tennis elbow surgery help?

Tennis elbow: Consider exhausting conservative treatment prior to surgery. Options include rest, night splints, tennis elbow cuffs, pt/laser therapy/modalities, purified omega, medrol, (methylprednisolone) multiple injections with cortisone, nsaids, evaluation for carpal tunnel or c spine referred nerve pain issues. Check with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Rash after surgery had tennis elbow surgery 5 days ago what can it be?

Rash: Consider any new medicines you may be taking as the most likely source. ...Read more

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I had elbow surgery last year. It hurts to bend or straighten my elbow again. What happened? I'm 54yrs old & had elbow surgery last year for a pinched nerve. It hurts to bend or straight my elbow again. I'm on the computer everyday all day. I can't pick u

I had elbow surgery last year. It hurts to bend or straighten my elbow again. What happened? I'm 54yrs old & had elbow surgery last year for a pinched nerve. It hurts to bend or straight my elbow again. I'm on the computer everyday all day. I can't pick u

The : The most common pinched nerve a t the elbow is the ulnar nerve in cubital tunnel syndrome. While numbness in the little and ring finger, weakness in the intrinsic muscles of the hand and weakness in several flexor tendons occurs, pain is not commonly a primary symptom. Some who have medial epicondylitia may have pain, and can have concurrent ulnar nerve symptoms.

Anither type of nerve compression at the elbow is so called radial tunnel syndrome. At times radial tunnel is thought to present with similar findings of tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis.

If you had some lateral or medial epiicndylitis pain could be a component.

Talk to an orthopedit or hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Is radial tunnel syndrome surgery the same as tennis elbow surgery?

Is radial tunnel syndrome surgery the same as tennis elbow surgery?

Elbow surgery: No. Radial tunnel surgery involves decompressing the radial nerve at the forearm. Tennis elbow surgery involves debriding the extensor capri radialis brevis tendon inflamed origin. ...Read more

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Will severe tennis elbow cause your sensory nerve to be slow. The emg show my radial nerve at 26. I'm having tennis elbow surgery soon. Will this help?

See below: These are two separate conditions but have similar symptomatology. Conservative treatment is similar for these conditions. You may want to seek an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in upper extremity conditions to explain the different etiologies(causes) of these conditions. ...Read more

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I had elbow surgery and had a plate put in a titanium plate put in my elbow to secure my radial head and since then I have been very sick I've haven't felt good i been sick too is this what kind of allergy reactions to titanium allergy

I had elbow surgery and had a plate put in a titanium plate put in my elbow to secure my radial head and since then I have been very sick I've haven't felt good i been sick too is this what kind of allergy reactions to titanium allergy

Probably unrelated: In marked contrast to nickel. There are no clear reports on allergic reactions to titanium. The few reports that claim to describe allergy to the metal raise serious questions. In short, your symptoms are unlikely to be due to titanium. ...Read more

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I'm having arthroscopic elbow surgery done in my right elbow to get rid of loose bone particles. Is it bad?

Not bad surgery: Elbow arthroscopy is not a hard surgery to undergo, and rehab should be rapid. However, the underlying issue with the loose bodies can be simple, or have concerns down the line.

If the work can be done with the arthroscope, it will be much easier on you than the same procedure done with an open approach. ...Read more

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I am having tennis elbow surgery tomorrowand have a very slight chest congestion no phlegm just mild dry cough.

I am having tennis elbow surgery tomorrowand have a very slight chest congestion no phlegm just mild dry cough.

Tell anesthesia doc: It should be ok for most doctors, but mention it to your anesthesia so they are ready or can give you breathing treatment ...Read more

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Pain elbow going dwon into middle finger/had tennis elbow surgery last year/on tamadol, noproxian, vicadone/still no releif?

Need reevaluation: This could be any number of things. It is not unheard-of to have tennis elbow pain despite surgery. I would recommend a reevaluation. If it is still tennis elbow, I would continue stretching with lifting limitations along with nsaids. Your physician should check for things like nerve entrapment as well. ...Read more

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When is earliest I can start exercise to flex/strengthen muscle(ex:pronation/supination/flexion/extension) after monteggia fracture on elbow surgery?

When is earliest I can start exercise to flex/strengthen muscle(ex:pronation/supination/flexion/extension) after monteggia fracture on elbow surgery?

Talk to your doc: There are many factors affecting when you can start motion. Most important is the fracture pattern, the quality of bone, and the rigidity of the fixation. These are questions only your orthopaedist can answer for you. In general, they will want to get you moving as quickly as possible. ...Read more

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Septic elbow surgery 4 weeks ago. 6" incision. Surgeon says no topical creams or ointments. Gp says aquaphor ok now. What is best for healing scab, etc?

No need for creams: Creams should hold and seal wounds. Assuming the incision is clean dry and
intact an uncovered a wound is fine with no dressing or need for creams. ...Read more

Dr. Alex Meyers
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Elbow Surgery (Definition)

Any invasive procedure utilized to treat pathology or ...Read more