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Is it okay for the hand to swell after upper arm surgery?

Is it okay for the hand to swell after upper arm surgery?

Maybe: The first thing i would check to see if the dressing is on too tight. Depending on the surgery this too could be the cause. Carring the arm in a dependent position and not using can also increase swelling in yuour hand. Best advice is to see your doc ...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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Is surgery required to remove fluid pockets that have formed since arm surgery about two wks ago? (extra skin removed under arm due to weight loss)

Is surgery required to remove fluid pockets that have formed since arm surgery about two wks ago? (extra skin removed under arm due to weight loss)

Fluid collection: Even if it is fluid with no infection,Follow up by the surgeon who did the operation and possible drainage,helps healing of the site of surgery. ...Read more

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Do they sometimes give more than one anesthetic for arm surgery?

Do they sometimes give more than one anesthetic for arm surgery?

Sometimes yes: It depends on the surgery and on other factors including the health of the patient. Sometimes general anesthesia is used. Sometimes a nerve block may be given, along with sedation to allow the patient to relax and nap during the procedure. Talk with the anesthesiologist before the surgery to determine which type of anesthetics will be best for your situation. ...Read more

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Why did nerve block fail and intubation general have to happen to my son? He needed arm surgery at 15.

Why did nerve block fail and intubation general have to happen to my son? He needed arm surgery at 15.

Failed block: Regional blocks can "fail" for many reasons, most often it is because the local anesthetic may not come in adequate contact with the nerve that the clinician is attempting to anesthetize. This happens occasionally, and any patient having this done must realize that the possibility of a general anesthesia "back up" may be required. ...Read more

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Can an arm surgery such as an elbow arthroscopy be performed under epidural anesthesia?

Can an arm surgery such as an elbow arthroscopy be performed under epidural anesthesia?

No, ,usually a block: BRACIAL plexus or axillary block. Works great had that done 4 times on the right & 2 times on the left. No problem. Epidurals in the neck are prone 2 migrate away from the area of injection, & U can have respiratory collapse, the it is an emergency crash a General anesthesia with intubation. Risk is so terrible l don't know of anyone who would try it. ...Read more

Arm Surgery (Definition)

It means you have ...Read more