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How long after open carpal tunnel surgery will your hand be swollen?

How long after open carpal tunnel surgery will your hand be swollen?

Several weeks: Hand swelling is common after a carpal tunnel release. Take it easy on the hand for a few weeks and the swelling should resolve. I tell my patients to give the hand a chance to heal. ...Read more

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Had arthoscopic shoulder surgery week ago and now arm and hand very swollen. How long does this last?

Had arthoscopic shoulder surgery week ago and now arm and hand very swollen. How long does this last?

Not normal post-op: If your arm and hand are markedly swollen, that is not a normal complication of the surgery. Call the surgeon. Make sure you have not developed phlebitis in the arm. ...Read more

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How long after open carpal tunnel surgery is your typically hand swollen?

How long after open carpal tunnel surgery is your typically hand swollen?

3-6 months: Swelling is the symptom that usually takes the longest time to improve. ...Read more

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My wrist has been slightly swollen and extremely painful since the day after my rotator cuff repair surgery, 2 months ago. How long can this last?

My wrist has been slightly swollen and extremely painful since the day after my rotator cuff repair surgery, 2 months ago. How long can this last?

Need a diagnosis: The question is why is your wrist is hurting and swollen. Most likely, this is indirectly, not directly related to your RC repair. Tendonitis because of a change in upper extremity biomechanics would be a thought. Your surgeon should be able to help you discover the cause and discuss treatment options. If I can help, then join my care team and virtual practice at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Should I have pinky finger fusion surgery? Dislocated pinky a long time ago and now is arthritic. It is swollen and it's hard to bend. No more ligaments

Your call: Ultimately, that answer lies in you. Have a conversation with your surgeon about the pros and cons of your specific case. If you are in pain, your finger can not bend, etc, and there is a possibility the surgery will help those issues, that may play a role in your decision. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why is my hand still swollen two weeks after surgery?

Why is my hand still swollen two weeks after surgery?

Could be normal: Swelling after surgery is a normal process of healing. The amount of swelling is dependant on many factors: the type of procedure, length. Trauma involved, vascularity of the area, patient medical conditions, etc.
Swelling can also be caused by infection.
Consult your surgeon for your particular case. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my hand to be swollen after hand surgery?

Is it normal for my hand to be swollen after hand surgery?

Absolutely: The blood supply to the hand is so good that there will be significant swelling after almost any hand operation or injury. It is very important to elevate the hand above the heart for 2-3 days postoperatively, otherwise you will feel each heartbeat in your hand. Elevation can be as effective as pain medicine in reducing hand pain after surgery. ...Read more

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When to tell swollen fingers from hand surgery needs to be seen?

When to tell swollen fingers from hand surgery needs to be seen?

When in doubt...: Swelling that is painful, increasing or associated with redness, heat or fever, should be checked right away. Surgical swelling can be expected to increase for a day or two after surgery, but if there is any question, call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Hand was swollen. Is this normal three days after partial amputation surgery, what to do?

Hand was swollen. Is this normal three days after partial amputation surgery, what to do?

Very normal: If you had part of your hand amputated, I would suspect you have a lot of swelling. You need to keep the hand elevated above the level of your heart at all times, and, depending on the instructions from your surgeon, gentle motion of the hand will help hasten the resolution of swelling. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have a swollen hand/extremities with little to no feeling after carpel tunnel surgery?

Is it okay to have a swollen hand/extremities with little to no feeling after carpel tunnel surgery?

Maybe: Given your symtoms I would normally be concern but without more info it is hard to say. Make sure your surgeon knows these complaints. Did you have numbness prior to surgery? Diabeties? ...Read more

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I had capel tunnel surgery 8 weeks ago every morning when I wake up my hand is swollen and stiff but gets better during the day is this normal?

I had capel tunnel surgery 8 weeks ago every morning when I wake up my hand is swollen and stiff but gets better during the day is this normal?

After carpal tunnel: Mild pain may be a sign of normal healing (we all go at a different pace), pillar pain, pain from joints adjacent to the carpal tunnel, another source such as a trigger finger, scar sensitivity, swelling from overdoing it too soon, and the list goes on. Arthritis in finger joints can also cause AM swelling and stiffness. Many assume the CTS is for all the symptoms but often there is more going on. ...Read more

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Is it normal after carpel tunnel surgery to have a swollen hand/extremities with little feeling?

Is it normal after carpel tunnel surgery to have a swollen hand/extremities with little feeling?

Not Abnormal: That is not the most common course of pos op carpal tunnel surgery, but it happens occassionally. You will need closer follow up and may need ot hand therapy. ...Read more

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I had surgery on my elbow after a fracture on Saturday my hand and fingers are swollen is this normal?

I had surgery on my elbow after a fracture on Saturday my hand and fingers are swollen is this normal?

Swelling beyond the: Site of fracture is common especially toward the hand, often we elevate but forget to keep the hand up too. Motion of the fingers not only helos stiffness, but help reduce swelling. However tight bandages, swelling that cuts off circulation and swelling due to bleedong or infection can occur too. Talk to your surgeon about what is gonf on and make sure that you don't need to be seen sooner. ...Read more

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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?

6 weeks post-surgery rotator cuff. Discontinued sling. Hand swollen, pain (sometimes severe) in thumb pad & "click" when thumb moves. Problem?

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. ...Read more

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I got surgery on Thursday to put screws into my 3rd and 4th metacarpals after I broke them. My hand is still very swollen and my fingers are looked bruised and have yellowness to them. Is this normal? Thanks ~Cody

I got surgery on Thursday to put screws into my 3rd and 4th metacarpals after I broke them. My hand is still very swollen and my fingers are looked bruised and have yellowness to them. Is this normal? Thanks ~Cody

Yes: Make sure you call your treating surgeon and follow up as directed. Bruising from your original injury turns yellow as your immune system cleans up the damage, like a black eye. If you can wiggle your fingers and feel all of your fingers on both sides be able to report that to your surgeon. In person is the best place to evaluate your neurovascular status and any postoperative problem. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery and trigger finger release surgery a week ago and my hand is really stiff and swollen. I was told I needed to bend my fin?

I had carpal tunnel surgery and trigger finger release surgery a week ago and my hand is really stiff and swollen. I was told I needed to bend my fin?

MOVING fingers fully: After surgery for CTS or trigger finger is very important. I always tell my surgical patients that when they return to the office after surgery I want to see them make a full fist AND straighten their fingers out so they can lay their hand flat. Speak to your surgeon to make sure you are doing the right thing, but most agree on this. Not "overdo" it BUTlike touching ones toes, after it is easier ...Read more

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Had a tendon debridement surgery on my right hand and now on a splint, my fingers and knucles are all swollen and purpleish in color. Is this normal?

Yes: Swelling and purple color are due to the surgery and are normal. If you start having increased pain, redness, fever or pus in the wound these are concerning and you should return immediately to your surgeon or to emergency if you have these. The swelling and purple color will decrease over the next few weeks. ...Read more

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2 w ago I had carpal tunnel surgery. I did some painting now my hand is swollen and my pinky finger is locked up and twice the size is this normal?

2 w ago I had carpal tunnel surgery. I did some painting now my hand is swollen and my pinky finger is locked up and twice the size is this normal?

No, not normal!: It appears that you started a bit too soon with heavy use of the operated hand. And if your little finger is locking then you a separate condition called triggering. Rest, elevate your hand, use prescription NSAIDs and see your Hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up every day with my hand swollen. I had surgery due to car accident broken bone and damaged nerves in that hand.

Why do I wake up every day with my hand swollen. I had surgery due to car accident broken bone and damaged nerves in that hand.

Venous issue?: May have also injured veins in hand and arm which may cause tendency to swell. Try sleeping with hand elevated on pillow and the more regularly you exercise hand and arm the tendecy should gradually go away. If elevation does not reduce swells ng may need evaluation for clot in veins ...Read more

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After hand surgery. Hand/wrist are swollen/ pain cannot move it. No money for more treatment. What can do ourself? Natural remedies?

After hand surgery. Hand/wrist are swollen/ pain cannot move it. No money for more treatment. What can do ourself? Natural remedies?

Money: You are making a mistake.
The hand surgeon must be informed by you and your Primary doctor. It would be out of control if the hand surgeon did not see you as your hand got worse and his charge to you should be ignored.
Regrettably too many doctors don't take enough care of their patients!

Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Surgery to wire olecranon fracture 4 days ago. Arm and hand now very swollen and bruised. Is this to be expected? Anything I can do to reduce it? Thx

Surgery to wire olecranon fracture 4 days ago. Arm and hand now very swollen and bruised. Is this to be expected? Anything I can do to reduce it? Thx

Yes, expected: This would not be surprising after the type of injury and surgery you had. Elevation of the arm, including while sleeping (use pillows), use of cold compresses, as well as tincture of time, will help reduce the swelling. As long as your hand sensation, movement and temperature are normal, you should be fine. If there are any concerns, contact your orthopedic surgeon for advice. ...Read more

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I had capital tunnel surgery today. My thumb pointer and middle fingers are still really swollen and hard to move. Is this normal?

I had capital tunnel surgery today. My thumb pointer and middle fingers are still really swollen and hard to move. Is this normal?

Radial nerve distrib: That is the exact distribution of your radial nerve which is one of the nerves that was being compressed by your carpal tunnel. Get your surgeon to examine you immediately! He may have to go in and open up that area and relieve any pressure on the nerve. ...Read more