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How Long Does It Take For Swollen To Go Down In Hand After Surgery
Time to heal after carpal tunnel surgery? I had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome two weeks ago. I understand it can take months to heal completely, but how long should it take for me to see improvement? My hand is still pretty swollen and stiff and I st
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
Had arthoscopic shoulder surgery week ago and now arm and hand very swollen. How long does this last?
3-6 months: Swelling is the symptom that usually takes the longest time to improve. ...Read more
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
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
Why does my palm still feel bruised and swollen and my wrist hurts almost a year after surgery? I also have pain that travels down my thumb?
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
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
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
I had pec repair surgery 24 months ago and since then my whole hand frequently gets swollen and kind of numb. What's affecting my hand?
Is it okay to have a swollen hand/extremities with little to no feeling after carpel tunnel surgery?
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
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
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
6 weeks post-surgery rotator cuff. Discontinued sling. Hand swollen, pain (sometimes severe) in thumb pad & "click" when thumb moves. Problem?
I severed my extensor tendon on my left hand. I had to undergo a surgery to re-attach it. My fingers are still swollen after four weeks, but I can move them. What should I do?
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
Husband had bicep tendon surgery 1-2-15 has splint and elastic stretch band-hand is swollen he said its pinching-should I unwrap it or not? Normal?
Contact surgeon: A new bandage may needed or a new dressing may need to be applied. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
After hand surgery. Hand/wrist are swollen/ pain cannot move it. No money for more treatment. What can do ourself? Natural remedies?
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
He had heart surgery 12/15/10. For six months been dealing with painful swollen feet. And now his hands. He has a hard time hearing as well.?
Swelling, deaf: This is concerning and needs thorough evaluation ASAP to assess both issues. ...Read more
Right eye swollen after minor surgery to remove right hand middle finger due to accident. Is the 2 related?
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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
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
Due to a cut on my ring finger 6weeks post surgery finger swollen difficult to stretch out and stiff is this normal?
Finger swelling: Please see your surgeon for evaluation and treatment recommendations. ...Read more
I had capital tunnel surgery today. My thumb pointer and middle fingers are still really swollen and hard to move. Is this normal?
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