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Is it normal for my hand to be swollen after hand surgery?

Is it normal for my hand to be swollen after hand surgery?

Absolutely: The blood supply to the hand is so good that there will be significant swelling after almost any hand operation or injury. It is very important to elevate the hand above the heart for 2-3 days postoperatively, otherwise you will feel each heartbeat in your hand. Elevation can be as effective as pain medicine in reducing hand pain after surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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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Six months after hand surgery and it still feels weird. How do I go back to normal?

Six months after hand surgery and it still feels weird. How do I go back to normal?

Hand surgeon: I would discuss this with the hand surgeon who performed the procedure. He can tell you if what you are experiencing is common or problematic. Acupuncture might be of assistance - but discuss with your hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Does a hand surgery helps and heal hand deformity ? Would I have normal hand again ?!

Does a hand surgery helps and heal hand deformity ? Would I have normal hand again ?!

Likely: Cant tell from your question what the deformity is. There are many things that can be corrected with hand surgery. Fractures, trigger finger, carpel tunnel, polydactyly (extra digit), syndactyly (webbing between digits) etc can all be successfully treated with surgery to the hand and feet. If you would post additional info about the deformity I am confident you can get a answer to your problem. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have shoulder pain after hand surgery?

Is it normal to have shoulder pain after hand surgery?

Can happen: Depending in the surgical procedure you had and the position in which you were placed for the procedure, the shoulder may become sore afterwards. Symptoms usually improve after a short period of time and with a little physical therapy. ...Read more

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Hand was swollen. Is this normal three days after partial amputation surgery, what to do?

Hand was swollen. Is this normal three days after partial amputation surgery, what to do?

Very normal: If you had part of your hand amputated, i would suspect you have a lot of swelling. You need to keep the hand elevated above the level of your heart at all times, and, depending on the instructions from your surgeon, gentle motion of the hand will help hasten the resolution of swelling. ...Read more

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I had capel tunnel surgery 8 weeks ago every morning when I wake up my hand is swollen and stiff but gets better during the day is this normal?

I had capel tunnel surgery 8 weeks ago every morning when I wake up my hand is swollen and stiff but gets better during the day is this normal?

After carpal tunnel: Mild pain may be a sign of normal healing (we all go at a different pace), pillar pain, pain from joints adjacent to the carpal tunnel, another source such as a trigger finger, scar sensitivity, swelling from overdoing it too soon, and the list goes on. Arthritis in finger joints can also cause AM swelling and stiffness. Many assume the CTS is for all the symptoms but often there is more going on. ...Read more

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I still have finger and hand swelling after hand surgery. Is this normal?

I still have finger and hand swelling after hand surgery. Is this normal?

Can be common: Postop swelling is not unsual. Elevation and gentle digital range of motion are a few simple steps to help decrease swelling (edema). Placing the hand above the level of the heart (e.g. Left chest) allows gravity to facilitate the edema control. A tight postoperative dressing may also be carefullly loosened. If you were placed in a splint, you should wear as instructed by your doc. ...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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I got surgery on Thursday to put screws into my 3rd and 4th metacarpals after I broke them. My hand is still very swollen and my fingers are looked bruised and have yellowness to them. Is this normal? Thanks ~Cody

I got surgery on Thursday to put screws into my 3rd and 4th metacarpals after I broke them. My hand is still very swollen and my fingers are looked bruised and have yellowness to them. Is this normal? Thanks ~Cody

Yes: Make sure you call your treating surgeon and follow up as directed. Bruising from your original injury turns yellow as your immune system cleans up the damage, like a black eye. If you can wiggle your fingers and feel all of your fingers on both sides be able to report that to your surgeon. In person is the best place to evaluate your neurovascular status and any postoperative problem. ...Read more

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