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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

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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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

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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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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 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, 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 unlikely do to the surgery itself. Is it the forth and fifth fingers? If so I would highly suspect an 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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I just received rotator cuff surgery 6 days ago I have very little pain in my shoulder but extreme pain in my forearm. Y is that I had a patial teer and a full tear that was repaired along with spur and some burcitus that was removed i just donk know why

That : That may be referred pain from the nerve. Keep an eye on it, and if it is worsen or persists, let your surgeon know, or if course is you had fever, increased swelling, or redness. Sometimes the surgery puts "traction" on nerves, and causes pain in odd areas after surgery. ...Read more

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How many months of rehab do I have to do after rotator cuff surgery?

How many months of rehab do I have to do after rotator cuff surgery?

My patients: Have 4 weeks of homehealth and then 8 weeks of outpatient. Followed by a home therapy program. ...Read more

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What is the usual response to rehabilitation after rotator cuff surgery?

What is the usual response to rehabilitation after rotator cuff surgery?

Rotator cuff: Active-assisted and passive range of motion exercises are typically started at home at two weeks post-operatively. Six weeks is when formal physical therapy starts with strengthening gradually and continued range of motion exercises. It is painful, but important to stay with it. You're pretty young for a rotator cuff tear. Are you the patient? ...Read more

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Rotator cuff surgery? Who does it for shoulder pain?

Go to orthopedc surg: How dose do that or sport medicne surgeon. ...Read more

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How much could you move your arm following rotator cuff surgery?

Follow: Your shoulder surgeon's instructions. I usually limit motion for 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Torn rotator cuff surgery & diabetes, how much longer to recover?

Torn rotator cuff surgery & diabetes, how much longer to recover?

Let me explain: Diabetes is a multisystem disorder that affects the wound healing process.
Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is important as hyperglycaemia has been correlated with impaired wound healing (senior, 2000). In order to optimise wound-healing potential, patients should be encouraged to achieve target levels for glycated haemoglobin and sugar level. ...Read more

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How long do I need to go to physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery?

How long do I need to go to physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery?

As long as it takes: While the exact duration of pt following your rotator cuff surgery will be managed by your surgeon, depending on the severity of your tear pt may last anywhere from 7 weeks to 1 year or more. All programs will emphasize avoiding strenuous activities that could cause a repeat injury while remaining active enough to prevent joint stiffness, one of the most common rotator cuff repair complications. ...Read more

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When will i be able to lift my arm up over my head after rotator cuff surgery?

Rotator cuff surgery: The answer to your question depends on many factors including the size of your tear, your range of motion before surgery, the length of time that your rotator cuff was torn prior to surgery and the atrophy in the torn muscle. Generally, the average patient will be able to lift their arm overhead around 3 months after surgery. Remember, recovery from rotator cuff surgery is always slow. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use lidocaine patch with percocet i just had rotator cuff surgery a week ago.

Is it ok to use lidocaine patch with percocet i just had rotator cuff surgery a week ago.

Should not b a probl: The Lidocaine patch works topically, that is, locally under the skin where it is applied. Thus, there is little chance of it affecting any other part of the body, hence little chance of interaction with Percocet. I have prescribed Percocet & Lidoderm together without problems. Hopefully, you'll use less Percocet with this combination. Thanks for trusting HealthTap with your question. Bon sante. ...Read more

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I had rotator cuff surgery six weeks ago. I am still weaning off the sling. Pain is terrible in my bicep and it is rock hard. Help?

Stiffness: 36 year old woman with post surgical stiffness 6w s/p rotator cuff repair. Please contact you're treating surgeon and let them know that you are experiencing a high level of pain. It would be best to see your surgeon in person so that they can give you a physical exam to rule out any important postoperative problems and assess your neurovascular status. Call and speak to the MD on call if necessary. ...Read more

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I have developed pain numbness tingling left outer thigh in past 3 weeks. I had rotator cuff surgery on march 26. Could this be related?

I have developed pain numbness tingling left outer thigh in past 3 weeks. I had rotator cuff surgery on march 26. Could this be related?

Possible: Outer thigh numbness can occur from positioning for rotator cuff surgery, particularly if you are overweight and have a large abdomen. When it occurs it usually resolves on its own within a few months. ...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. Adam Lewis
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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