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How long does swelling typically last after hand surgery?

How long does swelling typically last after hand surgery?

Depends: Some amount of hand swelling after hand surgery is normal. The amount of hand swelling depends on the condition and the treatment needed for the condition. Is important to control the swelling mostly with elevation and keeping the fingers moving. If this fails occupational therapists can help to reduce the swelling. ...Read more

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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How long does swelling last following hand surgery?

How long does swelling last following hand surgery?

Depends on surgery..: The swelling will depend on the extent of surgery, initial trauma, and subsequent wound care (elevation, mobilization, etc). ...Read more

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How can I reduce swelling after arm & hand surgery?

How can I reduce swelling after arm & hand surgery?

Depends: You should always expect swelling after surgery. The amount will depend on the surgery itself, the patient, and how aggressively the hand is being used. Strict hand elevation, wrapping, and anti-inflammatories (only if ok with your surgeon) can help minimize swelling. Hand therapists can also be very helpful in controlling post-operative swelling. ...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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What is excessive swelling after hand surgery with blue purplish skin top of hand around knuckles and up to middle joint in fingers?

What is excessive swelling after hand surgery with blue purplish skin top of hand around knuckles and up to middle joint in fingers?

Sub cutaneous: Bleeding, post op- go back ; see the surgeon who preformed the surgery- probably not to worry just healing process in your case, . ...Read more

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How long does nerve damage typically take to recover from hand surgery?

How long does nerve damage typically take to recover from hand surgery?

Roughly 1mm/day: Peripheral nerves, if cut of severely bruised/crushed, can regrow/regenerate but the rate depends greatly on the age of the patient and the presence of other medical problems. Young, healthy patients typically regenerate ~1mm/day but there is a lot of variability. A lot also depends on the severity of the injury itself. ...Read more

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A week after hand surgery, my fingers are experiencing constant "pins and needles". How long can I expect this to last, or when should I be conc

A week after hand surgery, my fingers are experiencing constant "pins and needles". How long can I expect this to last, or when should I be conc

I'd be concerned now: Call your Dr. Who did the surgery, and let him know what is going on. This may be nothing, orit could be something serious like nerve damage. ...Read more

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I had a forearm surgery for my left arm 3 days ago, and my arm and hand is swelling. How long will my arm and hand to go back to its normal size? Thx

I had a forearm surgery for my left arm 3 days ago, and my arm and hand is swelling. How long will my arm and hand to go back to its normal size? Thx

That depends: On the type of surgery, how well you can recover, any medications you may be taking, if you are keeping it elevated often, resting it, have a cast on it, etc. Etc. Call the surgeon, and then all your questions would be better answered as they are familiar with your case. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long after reconstructive hand surgery should you wait until performing calisthenics such as pull-ups?

How long after reconstructive hand surgery should you wait until performing calisthenics such as pull-ups?

Depends...: Pull ups require significant flexing force through the digits. Depending on what you had reconstructed, it may take you up to six months to be able to perform pull-ups. Smaller repairs may take only 8 weeks. ...Read more

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Had hand surgery on palmer crease, cut reopened after stitches removed, how to care for and exercise hand now, also how long before fully functional?

Had hand surgery on palmer crease, cut reopened after stitches removed, how to care for and exercise hand now, also how long before fully functional?

The palm skin often: Heals well with dressing changes. And uncomlicated healing times differ but a good average time (known because there are certain surgical procedures where the pal is left intentionally open and unsutured) is about 3 weeks

still as u had surgery call your surgeon!
sometimes it is just the superficial dry or macerated skin and it is not open. Other times there could be infection or sinus tract. ...Read more

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How long should I keep my arm elevated after hand surgery?

How long should I keep my arm elevated after hand surgery?

2-3 days: Swelling achieves a maximum at 2-3 days.
Make sure you don't over elevate such as over your head and interfere with circulation. A pillow on you r chest or at your side with your fingers pointed up higher than your elbow and of course higher than your heart no matter what your position is helpful.
Ice may be used but not if there are circulation issues or problems. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a hand surgery?

How long does it take to recover from a hand surgery?

Hand surgery: This is a complex question. Recovery depends on the surgery and the problem. Hand fractures require approximately 6 weeks for recovery. Tendons may require longer. Also comorbidities such as diabetes, etc prolong healing time ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to perform a pediatric hand surgery?

How long does it usually take to perform a pediatric hand surgery?

Varies: The length of time varies depending on the procedure performed. This can range from 5 minutes for a trigger thumb release to over 3 hours for a syndactyly reconstruction. ...Read more

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How long must my arms remain elevated after hand surgery?

How long must my arms remain elevated after hand surgery?

Typically: 2-3 days is when swelling reaches amaximun so the first 4 -5 days are the most important for elevation. Moving your fingers (if allowed) is just as important, not just a little finger twitch ot flap of the hand but making a full fist and extending all the way out helps push the fluid out of swollen digits. (again only is permitted -----so ask your surgeon). ...Read more

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Husband had 3 seizures yesterday. Today he's having a hard time remembering things like his hand surgery last wk and customers he has. Is this normal?

Husband had 3 seizures yesterday. Today he's having a hard time remembering things like his hand surgery last wk and customers he has. Is this normal?

Memory issues: After a single seizure can occur especially during the post ictal period. After three I would expect thinking and memory to be impaired. Hope he gets this addressed soon. ...Read more

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Had cts surgery last month. Pain & numbness gone. Am feeling new "burning" pain frm wrist down about 4" after heavy lift. Redness /swelling/bruising.

Had cts surgery last month. Pain & numbness gone. Am feeling new "burning" pain frm wrist down about 4" after heavy lift. Redness /swelling/bruising.

Hard to say: Good that pain and numbness is gone. The other symptoms you describe are not typical after carpal tunnel release. At one month post op it may be a little early for heavy lifting. Followup with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is swelling of the hand normal after rotator cuff surgery?

Is swelling of the hand normal after rotator cuff surgery?

It can be...: Just like swelling in the foot after knee or hip surgery. It can happen and should go away as time goes by. ...Read more

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Why would my hand be swelling after a rotator cuff surgery?

Why would my hand be swelling after a rotator cuff surgery?

Elbow bent in brace: Assuming you had an arthroscopic repair, a significant amount of fluid passes through the shoulder, and some moves in to the surrounding soft tissues creating the look of a big swollen shoulder. The mechanical effect of this fluid pressure together with the fact that the elbow is held flexed in a brace create a situation of lower than usual venous outflow manifesting clinically as a swollen hand. ...Read more

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Any exercise or positions for fast healing after r hand cts surgery that can also help with swelling and numbness?

Any exercise or positions for fast healing after r hand cts surgery that can also help with swelling and numbness?

Not really: Exersises after ctr surgery (early on) may cause more swelling and possibly more numbness. You want to move your fingers but the numbness will get better w/ time. Your preoperative symptoms (pain, numbness etc.) tend to improve dependent on how severe and how long- lasting they were before surgery. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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Swelling in the hand and fingers after athroplasty surgery it has been a week now what do I do?

Swelling in the hand and fingers after athroplasty surgery it has been a week now what do I do?

Swelling & hand surg: Swelling after surgery is minimized by elevating the area, normal blood pressure, no nausea or vomiting, stop taking nsaid's, antioxidants, and some vitamins and supplements that can cause bruising 2 wks before and after, and low salt diet. And if advised physical therapy and elastic wraps. ...Read more

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I have swelling in my hand from my rotator cuff surgery, is there anything I can do in terms of drainage?

I have swelling in my hand from my rotator cuff surgery, is there anything I can do in terms of drainage?

Move fingers: After rotator cuff surgery the arm and hand can swell. Keeping the elbow hand and fingers moving will help with the drainage. If it doesn't help you can see your doctor or therapist about a compression glove. ...Read more

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Why would my hand be swelling, fingers stiff and severe pain in my hand after rotator cuff surgery?

Why would my hand be swelling, fingers stiff and severe pain in my hand after rotator cuff surgery?

Post surgery care: You need to report this extremity swelling to your surgery team. In the recovery period, set backs and problems need to be evaluated to avoid serious problems. An ultrasound of your arm will rule out a DVT as the cause of swelling. If you do have a surgery related dvt, then early diagnosis and treatment is a benefit. ...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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Is pain and swelling more than a month after cutting through a tendon in my hand normal? I got hurt at work and as a result a tendon in my hand was severed. A doctor initially told me I would need surgery to repair the tendon but when he discovered it wa

Is pain and swelling more than a month after cutting through a tendon in my hand normal? I got hurt at work and as a result a tendon in my hand was severed. A doctor initially told me I would need surgery to repair the tendon but when he discovered it wa

OT: Stiffness, pain and swelling in the hand can be normal in this setting whether or not surgery was performed. Give it at least six weeks for the tissues to regain their tensile and compressive strength and seek the instruction of an occupational therapist. Second opinions are golden. ...Read more

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Had carpel tunnel release surgery 3 months ago on right hand, now have pain and swelling in thumb and its locking when it is bent. What is the problem?

Had carpel tunnel release surgery 3 months ago on right hand, now have pain and swelling in thumb and its locking when it is bent. What is the problem?

Possible contracture: There is a relatively high (ie: up to 10 percent) incidence of development of flexor tendon contractures after carpal tunnel surgery. Although these are mostly seen in the second though fifth digits, it can also happen in the thumb. If your initial surgeon does not address this in an appropriate fashion, please get a second opinion from a specialist. ...Read more

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Hand still swelling and painful after 20 weeks of carpal tunnel release surgery. Also just had same surgery and wrist release paratendon on right hand?

Hand still swelling and painful after 20 weeks of carpal tunnel release surgery. Also just had same surgery and wrist release paratendon on right hand?

You need F/U: This is not typical after a routine carpal tunnel release. You should be feeling much better by now. A potential complication of any surgery is the development of rsd or crps (reflex sympathetic dystrophy, complex regional pain syndrome) this can be treated but you need to see your doctor. Get it checked out. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Hand Surgery (Definition)

Hand surgery is a meticulous surgical procedure that occurs on your hands. There are few places where there is such in intimate association of blood vessels, nerves, bones, tendons and joints. This is why a dedicated hand surgeon ...Read more