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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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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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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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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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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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I had decompression shoulder surgery in July, and the severe pain has appeared again.shooting down my arm and hand and it's Very weak.

I had decompression shoulder surgery in July, and the severe pain has appeared again.shooting down my arm and hand and it's Very weak.

Which arm: If the pain is in the right arm, and continues for the next day--then recheck with the Ortho who did the operation. If the pain is in the Left arm--this could be cardiac and needs to be checked out NOW ...Read more

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Arthroscopic shoulder surgery Sept5th,arm &hand get numb on & off.Also not much pain until last week or so.Keeps me awake@ night?Why?

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery Sept5th,arm &hand get numb on & off.Also not much pain until last week or so.Keeps me awake@ night?Why?

Varies: Multiple potential causes, I would let your surgeon know. May be recurrent problem/ tear in that shoulder, or sometimes other conditions can develop. Carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, is a common cause of numbness in the hand. ...Read more

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Shoulder surgery this tuesday for impingement syndrome. In severe pain now with my hand falling asleep constantly. Do i go to the ER or just wait?

Shoulder surgery this tuesday for impingement syndrome. In severe pain now with my hand falling asleep constantly. Do i go to the ER or just wait?

Carpal tunnel?: Ur wrist may b hanging from the edge of ur immobilizer in a flexed position compressing the median nerve, causing cts. If so purchase a cock-up wrist splint and wear it 2 prevent the flexion of the wrist. ...Read more

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Why does my right hand middle finger go numb with a bruise line on the underside? Could it be related to previous shoulder surgery (bone spur and inflammation removed)?

Why does my right hand middle finger go numb with a bruise line on the  underside? Could it be related to previous shoulder surgery (bone spur and inflammation removed)?

Maybe: Prexisting neurologic impairment like a pinched nerve in the neck or peripheral nerve involvement like carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. Can certainly be aggravated after shoulder surgery. The causes for this are multifactorial. Most of these symptoms are typically seen within the first month or two following surgery. ...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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