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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 doesnt help you can see your doctor or therapist about a compression glove. ...Read more

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I have a 8mm 80% tear in my right rotator cuff. I have constant pain in my shoulder and pain runs down my arm unto my hands. My ortho says no surgery.?

I have a 8mm 80% tear in my right rotator cuff. I have constant pain in my shoulder and pain runs down my arm unto my hands. My ortho says no surgery.?

Depends on Symptoms: It is not unusual to see high grade partial thickness tears of the rotator cuff on MRI in individuals over 45. Corticosteroid injections or anti inflammatory medications to reduce pain and physical therapy to improve the muscles of the rotator cuff and scapula (shoulder blade) often help to reduce symptoms. If this fails to resolve pain or results are only temporary then yes surgical mgt will help. ...Read more

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6 weeks post-surgery rotator cuff. Discontinued sling. Hand swollen, pain (sometimes severe) in thumb pad & "click" when thumb moves. Problem?

6 weeks post-surgery rotator cuff. Discontinued sling. Hand  swollen, pain (sometimes severe) in thumb pad & "click" when thumb moves. Problem?

Trigger thumb: You may have a trigger thumb that was exacerbated with the surgery. Hand swelling can be normal and typically resolves. I would have your treating surgeon take a look and possibly inject if the the thumb is actually locking on you. ...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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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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