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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Is swelling in the feet common a day after shoulder surgery in a healthy individal?

Is swelling in the feet common a day after shoulder surgery in a healthy individal?

Probably: Most likely yes. After a surgical procedure - especially requiring anesthesia (being put to sleep) - the IV fluids that are given are not quite in the right compartment of the body yet. Therefore, some swelling can be normal. Massive swelling that is asymmetric (is your other leg swollen?) can be a problem after surgery. Blood clots can occur in certain individuals that are post - operative. ...Read more

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I still have finger and hand swelling after hand surgery. Is this normal?

I still have finger and hand swelling after hand surgery. Is this normal?

Can be common: Postop swelling is not unsual. Elevation and gentle digital range of motion are a few simple steps to help decrease swelling (edema). Placing the hand above the level of the heart (e.g. Left chest) allows gravity to facilitate the edema control. A tight postoperative dressing may also be carefullly loosened. If you were placed in a splint, you should wear as instructed by your doc. ...Read more

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Is hand swelling normal after carpal tunnel surgery?

Is hand swelling normal after carpal tunnel surgery?

Yes: Initially swelling would be normal. Elevating your hand and moving your fingers should help with this. After several weeks, there should not be hand swelling. Some wrist swelling at the incision site may be normal though for 6 weeks.. ...Read more

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I just had shoulder surgery a week ago and I have 6 large welts on my upper arm and pain and swelling in my elbow and under my arm. Is this anything.

I just had shoulder surgery a week ago and I have 6 large welts on my upper arm and pain and swelling  in my elbow and under my arm. Is this anything.

Yes.: Get it checked out by your orthopedic surgeon. This might be a sign of infection that requires treatment (antibiotics). It could be an allergic reaction as well. Definitely, play it safe and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Aching and tingling in right shoulder, down arm into hand, wrist and hand swelling female age 47

Numbness : Numbness and tingling of the extremities are typically seen in peripheral neuropathies. Swelling is a typical symptoms of inflammation. Any history of trauma or rheumatic disease? For a better orientation you need to provide more details! i think the best option at this point is to go talk to your pcp or your family physician. ...Read more

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Will I have completely normal use of my hand after shoulder surgery?

Will I have completely normal use of my hand after shoulder surgery?

You should: If you have normal use of your hand prior to surgery there is no reason you won't have normal function of your hand post surgery. Depending on the surgery you may have some restrictions of motion or weight of that arm, but you should be able to use hand for normal activities. ...Read more

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After microscopic shoulder surgery now by left hand all puffy. And my arm still hurting. What should I do?

After microscopic shoulder surgery now by left hand all puffy. And my arm still hurting. What should I do?

Call your surgeon: I recommend calling the surgeon who did the surgery and let them know. They will direct you to what to do and get you in for re-evaluation if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Help, having tingling and numbness in left arm, hand and fingers with swollen fingers 6 weeks after nerve block for shoulder surgery.

Help, having tingling and numbness in left arm, hand and fingers with swollen fingers 6 weeks after nerve block for shoulder surgery.

Needs evaluation: I think your symptoms warrant evaluation with a physical exam and nerve conduction study given how long they have been occurring. ...Read more

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Been in a sling for a couple days, just had shoulder surgery.. My hand is really cold but not blue What is causing this? And should I be worried ?

Been in a sling for a couple days, just had shoulder surgery.. My hand is really cold but not blue What is causing this? And should I be worried ?

How's your pain?: If you can wiggle your fingers, and they refill quickly when you blanch the finger tips with pressure, it's probably OK. Sometimes the nervous system goes 'haywire' on the small nerves that control the contraction of small arteries, after trauma or surgery. IMHO, it's important to keep moving the hand and fingers within the guideline your doctor gave you. ...Read more

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Hand Swelling (Definition)

Hand swelling is also known as Swollen hands. What you injured depends on where you stabbed your finger. Regardless, you should apply pressure to the finger to stop the bleeding, but avoid strangulating the finger. Best to seek immediate medical attention to determine ...Read more


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Swollen Hands (Definition)

Swollen hands can be a symptom of arthritis or other inflammation of the area (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), or may be due to exercise or changes in environment ...Read more


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