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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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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 dont 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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