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Dr. Jack Choueka
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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

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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


Dr. Andy Chung
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Does anyone know how long swelling lasts inside nose after sinus surgery?

Does anyone know how long swelling lasts inside nose after sinus surgery?

Balloon Sinuplasty: Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure for chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medication. Unlike other surgical procedures used to treat sinusitis, with balloon sinuplasty, the surgeon does not remove bone or tissue from the nasal area. It’s a less invasive alternative to typical sinus surgeries. The recovery period is usually only a few days, compared to a few weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. David Henry
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How long does swelling last after umbilical hernia repair? I am 46 years old, at a healthy weight, and exercised for 60+ minutes before the surgery.

~4 days: It depends on how big the hernia was, how much dissection the surgeon had to do, and if it was done open (single larger incision) or laparoscopically (tiny incisions and a video camera). Usually, most of the swelling should be fading by about 4 days after surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Abdominal swelling after appendectomy how long it lasts i had a laproscopic surgery?

Abdominal swelling after appendectomy how long it lasts i had a laproscopic surgery?

Few days: Usually feel gassy or bloated feeling for a few day or more. Resolves once bowel function back to normal too. ...Read more

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. George Klauber
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How long is swelling in the abdomen and back expected to last after a perc kidney stone remova surgery? Tenderness?

How long is swelling in the abdomen and back expected to last after a perc kidney stone remova surgery? Tenderness?

Not long: There should be minimal, if any abdominal swelling after percutaneous kidney stone removal. Unless either the peritoneum was punctured or a large volume of irrigating fluid escaped into the retroperitoneum. In which case subject might develop temporary ileus, meaning that bowel stops working and abdomen swells. Flank swelling and pain should settle down after 3-4 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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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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Dr. Robert Stachler
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I had surgery on lip they removed a blister on the top part of my lower lip using a laser. It is swollen really big. How long will the swelling last?

I had surgery on lip they removed a blister on the top part of my lower lip using a laser. It is swollen really big. How long will the swelling last?

Swollen lip: Only for a few days. Put ice on the area. This will help greatly. It will also soothe the pain good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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I had open inguinal hernia surgery a few days ago, i noticed a lot of swelling at and around the incision, is this normal, what causes this, how long should it last and what could I do to reduce it.

Probably normal: If the repair was done with an open technique, there is usually swelling and a firmness felt under the length of the incision. Ice and antiinflammatory medication can help. If it is really large, call your surgeon to check it out - could be bleeding under the skin we call a hematoma. Hope you recover quickly! ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kahn
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How long is the swelling after halux valgus surgery?

How long is the swelling after halux valgus surgery?

Several months: It generally takes 2-3 months for the initial swelling to resolve but you may have residual swelling for six month to a year. ...Read more

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