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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Typically yes: There is almost always some stiffness if the procedure requires post-operative immobilization. Typically, hand therapy and general use of the hand is enough to overcome the stiffness. If the surgery is very involved and there is severe post-operative scarring that is not resolved with therapy, a scar release surgery may be required in the future. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long after reconstructive hand surgery should you wait until performing calisthenics such as pull-ups?
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
Had arthoscopic shoulder surgery week ago and now arm and hand very swollen. How long does this last?
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