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Is it a good idea to take time off of work after my hand surgery?

Is it a good idea to take time off of work after my hand surgery?

Yes: It is generally a good idea to minimize work with a hand that has been operated on. The amount of time off is highly variable and depends on the procedure being performed and the demands of the job. I would check with your local hand surgeon regarding the specifics of the surgery. ...Read more

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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


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Is it a good idea to get surgery to heal my broken left hand?

Is it a good idea to get surgery to heal my broken left hand?

YES if open/unstable: It depends on the stability of the fracture. A splint or cast or specialized traction device may be all that is needed. Surgery is reserved for open or unstable fractures. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to get surgery on my hand or let it heal by itself?

Is it a good idea to get surgery on my hand or let it heal by itself?

Let it heal: Without knowing what thew problem is, it is always better to see if your body can heal itself rather than jump to surgery for most overuse 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 many days should you take off after hand surgery?

How many days should you take off after hand surgery?

Depends what surgery: If its a carpal tunnel or trigger finger release you should only need a few days, some of my patients go back to light work the day after. If it is a fracture you may need more time. Consult with your surgeon to find their specific protocol. Good luck. ...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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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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Will I be in a lot of pain after my hand surgery?

Depends: The amount of post-operative depends entirely on what procedure is being performed. Simple surgeries such has trigger finger release or carpal tunnel release are less painful than more involved surgeries. Also, pain perception varies from patient to patient. ...Read more

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