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How Long Should I Keep My Arm Elevated After Hand Surgery
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
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
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 more
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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 had duel scaphoid, arm and hand fractures in 2003. I had surgery on the right wrist and hand. What kind of long term pain should I expect?
Depends: It depends if the fractures were displaced, how the fracture healed, and how much of the joint was involved. As your injuries are already 8-9 years old, you should have a good idea depending on your current function. ...Read more
Had ulnar nerve transposition surgery. 4/30 /14still numb from elbow to wrist, arm swells, told angry nerve? How long before it gets normal again?
Not ulnar nerve: Sounds like Thoracic Outlet Syndrome may be involved. Ulnar nerve does not affect the forearm - that is C8 nerve root. Thoracic Outlet syndrome can cause your arm to swell, if the blood vessels are involved. See a Neurologist that is well versed in Ulnar neuropathy, Neurogenic and Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome... ...Read more
Resolution of: Numbness after hand surgery such as carpal tunnel release is dependent upon many factors but the primary issue is what the nerve was like before the surgery. The more severe the preoperative symptoms, the more severe the nerve compression as shown on nerve studies and EMG and the more time that the severe compression has been there all limit recovery. However putting off surgery for fear is bad 2. ...Read more
Transient changes are possible. However what most of us do not realize is that handwriting ansd other learned behaviors like it are not just fine motor tasks dopendent upon fingers but depend a lot on arm and forearm movements. Thus you could tape a smooth wrting marker to your wrsit and you'd be suprised how simialr your handwritng is.
Writing aids such as grips etc help. ...Read more
Complex: Relationships exist between the joints tendons small muscles and soft tissues in your hand. However swelling is the most common reason even unnoticed it just takes a small bit of soft tissue swelling to give limitation in motion. If you are cleared for motion on your own keep working as it is an everyday thing and swelling in general can last months depending upon you, your surgery et al ...Read more
Avoid the Sun.: Avoid sun exposure, and use sunscreen if you are stepping outside. Keep away from swimming-- especially in the ocean--until the scab has fallen away. Be vigilant for signs of infection (redness, increased pain, drainage, warmth). Once scab has fallen away, a topical cream like Mederma has improved many of my own scars. ...Read more
Scar tissue: If you had plate and screw fixation, metal rod or pinning, then you may have some scar around the implants. Once pins are removed, the scar will soften. Sometimes implants need to be removed & scar excised to maximize function. ...Read more
Can a hand surgery be done to my hand that is deformed due to RA in a way it will function normaly?
I am facing surgery to alleviate arm/hand symptoms caused by stenosis What do studies show the % of fusions that result in adjacent segment problem?
Adjacent disc disea:
Factors: anterior vs. Posterior, how many yrs later In one study 12.2% require a 2nd surgery increasing to 25% (3rd surgery) after a 2nd fusion. Orthopedics 8/2014 vol 37 :8 547-555 quotes a few studies 1) 2.9%/yr over 10 years (29%), 2) 13% 3) 10% over 3 years. 4) 16.9% over 5 years (~3%/yr)-73% xray evidence.
http://www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/819178 ...Read more
Hand surgery on 3rd/4th metacarps June 3 (ORIF). Recovery fine until swelling, pain, and 'squeaking' past 2 days when flexing my hand. Cause 4 concern?
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