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Is it okay to have swelling in my fingers after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Is it okay to have swelling in my fingers after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Yes: Finger swelling is normal after carpal tunnel surgery. However, if you just had the surgery and have quite a bit of pain or numbness, you need to make sure your dressings are not too tight. Your hand surgeon can check this for you. Swelling should improve with time. Make sure you have been shown proper finger exercises and stretches to do after your surgery as these can all help with the swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones, tissues, and ligaments of the wrist. This tunnel exists to protect the median nerve, which controls sensations and movement to the thumb and fingers (not including the little finger). Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel is inflamed and swollen, which pinches the median nerve and results in feelings of numbness, decreased grip strength, and muscle ...Read more


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Hand still swelling and painful after 20 weeks of carpal tunnel release surgery. Also just had same surgery and wrist release paratendon on right hand?

Hand still swelling and painful after 20 weeks of carpal tunnel release surgery. Also just had same surgery and wrist release paratendon on right hand?

You need F/U: This is not typical after a routine carpal tunnel release. You should be feeling much better by now. A potential complication of any surgery is the development of rsd or crps (reflex sympathetic dystrophy , complex regional pain syndrome) this can be treated but you need to see your doctor. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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On 12/14/15 I had left thumb arthroplasty with tendon transfer, carpal tunnel release, and dequerains release. Still have finger swelling and joint st?

On 12/14/15 I had left thumb arthroplasty with tendon transfer, carpal tunnel release, and dequerains release. Still have finger swelling and joint st?

Patience: It could very well be that it may just take more time. You can get better from the arthroplasty up to 6-8 months. So if you are slowly getting better, you will likely continue to improve. If you are not getting better, or are even getting worse, you need to let your surgeon know. ...Read more

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I have very cold fingers 1week after carpal tunnel release surgery. Is this normal?

I have very cold fingers 1week after carpal tunnel release surgery. Is this normal?

No, but possible --: Due to these reasons: 1: with tight splint or bandages, your fingers maybe bluish in color, tingly or cold; 2: with hand held hanging down most of the time ; bandages, the circulation in fingers is not great; 3: if you are not exercising your fingers or are or have been a smoker, then fingers do feel cold. 4: some people have cold fingers for no specific reason, with nothing to do with surgery. ...Read more

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Had Carpal Tunnel Release surgery 4 days ago-they did a nerve block.In 24 hrs I had my feeling back in my fingers except 2,my 3rd & 4th. Need I worry?

Had Carpal Tunnel Release surgery 4 days ago-they did a nerve block.In 24 hrs I had my feeling back in my fingers except 2,my 3rd & 4th. Need I worry?

Carpal Tunnel: Yes you should contact your surgeon. The local anesthetic would have worn off in 24 hrs. You may have some swelling around the Median nerve affecting your sensation, ...Read more

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Since my carpal tunnel release I have developed trigger finger, could the previous surgery have set it off?

Since my carpal tunnel release I have developed trigger finger, could the previous surgery have set it off?

Yes: Hands often swell after surgery and triggering comes from swelling. On the other hand, many patients with carpal tunnel syndrome often have swelling causing the problem in the first place. ...Read more

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Had surgery for carpal tunnel release this morning my hand & fingers are still very numb & it hurts to straighten them & its been 8 hrs, is thi normal?

Had surgery for carpal tunnel release this morning my hand & fingers are still very numb & it hurts to straighten them & its been 8 hrs, is thi normal?

Can be: At times some irritation to the nerve adds to symptoms, other times. Local or a block take longer to wear off, finally make sure the bandage is not too tight. If concerns persist call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have swollen fingers after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Is it normal to have swollen fingers after carpal tunnel release surgery?

For a while: Yes, postoperative swelling is to be expected. Elevate your arm/hand and keep salt intake to a minimum. Use a cold pack in the first couple days. Begin therapy or exercises as advised by your surgeon. Swelling should be minimal by the time you get stitches/staples out. If not, make sure you notify your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is pain normal after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Yes: It is normal to have pain at the site of the incision after carpal tunnel surgery for up to two weeks. After that it should be ivestegated. If your surgeon is not interested in helping you you should seek a second opinion soon. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Pess
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Carpal Tunnel Release (Definition)

Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) is treated by releasing the transverse carpal ligament (tcl), surgically with an open, mini-open or endoscopic technique. Tcl relieves the pressure on the median nerve. Open surgery requires complete exposure of the tcl and carpal tunnel (ct). Mini-open surgery only partially exposes these structures. Endoscopic surgery uses a camera and a small ...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