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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

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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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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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 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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Is it normal for my hand to swell after my rotator cuff surgery?

Is it normal for my hand to swell after my rotator cuff surgery?

Yes-quickly subsides: The combination of internal tissue pressure from arthroscopy fluid used at surgery and immobilization in a brace can lead to temporary postoperative swelling that includes the hand. The swelling from the arthroscopy fluid usually subsides in hours. The residual swelling from immobilization in a brace should continue to diminish steadily within days. Elbow, wrist and hand motion helps (if allowed). ...Read more

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Can rotator cuff surgery affect the ability to use my hand?

Can rotator cuff surgery affect the ability to use my hand?

Hand & rotator cuff: It is more likely to effect your shoulder. If the injury causing the rotator cuff tear was extreme, it could have damaged nerves to the hand traveling through the armpit (axilla) and be responsible for hand symptoms. ...Read more

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I recently had rotator cuff surgery. If I hold my arm in certain positions, part of my hand and last 2 fingers become very numb.

I recently had rotator cuff surgery. If I hold my arm in certain positions, part of my hand and last 2 fingers become very numb.

See below: The nerves for the arm pass very close to the site of your shoulder surgery. It is quite possible that some swelling or scar tissue is impinging on them as they cross near this area. Talk to your orthopedic surgeon about your symptoms and let them guide your care. ...Read more

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Partial palm, 4th, and fifth digit tingling began 10 weeks post rotator cuff surgery. 6 weeks later no change. What is the connection? What to do?

Partial palm, 4th, and fifth digit tingling began 10 weeks post rotator cuff surgery. 6 weeks later no change. What is the connection? What to do?

Brachial plexus: The shoulder joint is nearby the brachial plexus, and perhaps some nerve stretching occurred, during rehab, but the problem might be at the elbow instead. Either way sounds in an ulnar nerve location. An EMG might help. See your doctor, as there very likely is some connection. ...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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Is it normal to still be in pain nine weeks after rotator cuff surgery?

Is it normal to still be in pain nine weeks after rotator cuff surgery?

Depends: Would speak to your surgeon to see why you may still be hurting, but you may still be healing from your surgery. ...Read more

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I had rotator cuff surgery done five weeks ago. Is inflammation normal and how can I calm it dowm?

8-12 weeks: It takes a while after this kind of surgery for the tissue to calm down because it is very mobile area. Good luck. ...Read more

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Torn rotator cuff surgery 9/15, popping with pain, tingling fingers, told normal. Advise?

Not normal: Since shoulder joint is surrounded & stabilized by maximum number of big muscles, post-op recovery can be prolonged & may not be back to normal.
Natural joint anti-inflammatory supplements like
SAM-e, glucosamine/chondroitin, ASU, EGCG in green tea & undenatured collagen-Type 2.Check drhoffman. Com.
Acupuncture in expert hands will give pain relief.
Obtain a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is it normal for spasms in same arm after rotator cuff repair surgery that it affects sleep?

Is it normal for spasms in same arm after rotator cuff repair surgery that it affects sleep?

Check with surgeon: I would see the surgeon who operated on you to diagnose if it is "spasm" and maybe s/he will advise physical therapy &/or muscle relaxant.Best wishes. ...Read more

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I had rotator cuff surgery five weeks ago with a bone spur and I am still in a lot of pain. Is that normal?

It is normal: But I hope you're getting intensive physical therapy or the result wil not only be painful, but leave you with both weakness and restrictive range of motion. ...Read more

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I had a 3 hour rotator cuff surgery 3.5 weeks ago. My voice has been hoarse and raspy since intubation. When will my voice return to normal?

I had a 3 hour rotator cuff surgery 3.5 weeks ago. My voice has been hoarse and raspy since intubation. When will my voice return to normal?

Soon: You had surgery with general anesthesia. Your voice is hoarse because of endotracheal intubation. It can take 3-4 weeks to return to normal but could be longer if you smoke or don't rest it enough. Remember the tube sat on your vocal cords during the entire surgery. If you are still bringing up mucus, have fevers, or notice wheezing call your regular doctors office. Be well. ...Read more

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After arthroscopic surgery on rotator cuff is it normal to have severe pain in the elbow and stabbing feeling in hand?

After arthroscopic surgery on rotator cuff is it normal to have severe pain in the elbow and stabbing feeling in hand?

Post op pain: No, but is is unlikely do to the surgery itself. Is it the forth and fifth fingers? If so I would highly suspect a ulnar neuropathy. This nerve is located where we call the funny bone. It can cause pain in the elbow and hand. Ask your orthopedist to evaluate. ...Read more

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5 weeks after rotator cuff surgery my shoulder wants to freeze up and is very inflammed. Why?

5 weeks after rotator cuff surgery my shoulder wants to freeze up and is very inflammed. Why?

Need PT: Most surgeons recommend physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery to help with motion and guide the success of a repair. Sounds like you may be developing a frozen shoulder. I would check back with your surgeon sooner than later. ...Read more

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Blurred vision from anesthesia two weeks after rotator cuff surgery. Eyes red and glassy otherwise good outcome.

Blurred vision from anesthesia two weeks after rotator cuff surgery. Eyes red and glassy otherwise good outcome.

Call your doctor: This may be a side effect due to a medication you are talking. Call your doctor and check. Otherwise, see an eye doc to find out what is going on. Glad the shoulder is doing fine! ...Read more

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Partial rotator cuff tear can be healed without surgery? .I have been doing rehab and icing it for last 2 months. Pain is gone but swelling remains

Partial rotator cuff tear can be healed without surgery? .I have been doing rehab and icing it for last 2 months. Pain is gone but swelling remains

One option: Have you considered asking your physician about adding acupuncture to your current treatment regimen? It can help reduce inflammation & swelling as increasing range of motion. ...Read more

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When after rotator cuff surgery will the pain start to go away?

Variable: Some patients have complete relief immediately but this would be the minority. Most people are fairly uncomfortable for 2-4 weeks. By 6 weeks the pain should be less and even by 3 months, some people characterize the pain as a dull tooth ache with tightness. ...Read more

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Help, how much assistance does one need after rotator cuff surgery?

Therapy?: Not sure of the question. I feel that all patients need physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery. This focuses on motion of the shoulder, progressing to strengthening of the rotator cuff. Make sure to discuss this with your orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can a shoulder freeze up again after rotator cuff surgery, ?

Yes: Yes. Takes dilligent work with an excellent therapist to alleviate stiffness after surgery. ...Read more

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Why does my shoulder still hurt a year after rotator cuff surgery?

Why does my shoulder still hurt a year after rotator cuff surgery?

Strength and enduran: Difficult to answer. Rotator cuff repairs take a long time to rehab. Shoulder only will only feel better after the strength and endurance are back near normal. Sometimes this never happens. Some rotator cuff tears have a high rate of retear also. ...Read more

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What amount of assistance does one need after rotator cuff surgery?

What amount of assistance does one need after rotator cuff surgery?

U wil need help: For the first 4 to 6 weeks I don't allow anybody to move the shoulder on their own so u will need help with many routine things ...Read more

Dr. Allen Lu
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Rotator Cuff Repair (Definition)

Rotator cuff repair is performed by reattaching to bone the important tendons of the shoulder that provide specific refined motion and function of the shoulder: forward flexion, elevation away from the side of the body, and internal/external rotation of the arm while at the ...Read more


Dr. Sheila Smith
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Rotator Cuff (Definition)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm ...Read more