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Swelling After Hand Surgery
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
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
What is excessive swelling after hand surgery with blue purplish skin top of hand around knuckles and up to middle joint in fingers?
Sub cutaneous: Bleeding, post op- go back ; see the surgeon who preformed the surgery- probably not to worry just healing process in your case, . ...Read more
Depends: You should always expect swelling after surgery. The amount will depend on the surgery itself, the patient, and how aggressively the hand is being used. Strict hand elevation, wrapping, and anti-inflammatories (only if ok with your surgeon) can help minimize swelling. Hand therapists can also be very helpful in controlling post-operative swelling. ...Read more
Depends: Some amount of hand swelling after hand surgery is normal. The amount of hand swelling depends on the condition and the treatment needed for the condition. Is important to control the swelling mostly with elevation and keeping the fingers moving. If this fails occupational therapists can help to reduce the swelling. ...Read more
Hand surgery on 3rd/4th metacarps June 3 (ORIF). Recovery fine until swelling, pain, and 'squeaking' past 2 days when flexing my hand. Cause 4 concern?
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
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
Any exercise or positions for fast healing after r hand cts surgery that can also help with swelling and numbness?
Not really: Exersises after ctr surgery (early on) may cause more swelling and possibly more numbness. You want to move your fingers but the numbness will get better w/ time. Your preoperative symptoms (pain, numbness etc.) tend to improve dependent on how severe and how long- lasting they were before surgery. Good luck to you! ...Read more
Swelling & hand surg: Swelling after surgery is minimized by elevating the area, normal blood pressure, no nausea or vomiting, stop taking nsaid's, antioxidants, and some vitamins and supplements that can cause bruising 2 wks before and after, and low salt diet. And if advised physical therapy and elastic wraps. ...Read more
I have swelling in my hand from my rotator cuff surgery, is there anything I can do in terms of drainage?
I had a forearm surgery for my left arm 3 days ago, and my arm and hand is swelling. How long will my arm and hand to go back to its normal size? Thx
That depends: On the type of surgery, how well you can recover, any medications you may be taking, if you are keeping it elevated often, resting it, have a cast on it, etc. Etc. Call the surgeon, and then all your questions would be better answered as they are familiar with your case. Best wishes. ...Read more
Is pain and swelling more than a month after cutting through a tendon in my hand normal? I got hurt at work and as a result a tendon in my hand was severed. A doctor initially told me I would need surgery to repair the tendon but when he discovered it wa
OT: Stiffness, pain and swelling in the hand can be normal in this setting whether or not surgery was performed. Give it at least six weeks for the tissues to regain their tensile and compressive strength and seek the instruction of an occupational therapist. Second opinions are golden. ...Read more
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
Had bone cyst removed through surgery ten days ago in right hand. Didn't have swelling much, but woke up to noticeable swelling. Should I be concerned?
Yes: It could be a post op infection. See your dr. ...Read more
Had carpel tunnel release surgery 3 months ago on right hand, now have pain and swelling in thumb and its locking when it is bent. What is the problem?
Possible contracture: There is a relatively high (ie: up to 10 percent) incidence of development of flexor tendon contractures after carpal tunnel surgery. Although these are mostly seen in the second though fifth digits, it can also happen in the thumb. If your initial surgeon does not address this in an appropriate fashion, please get a second opinion from a specialist. ...Read more
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
I had carpal tunnel surgery with removal of ganglion cyst 1 month still having a great deal of pain, heat and swelling in my hand. Normal?
No not normal: There are four main signs of inflammation: pain, heat, redness, and swelling. Those are signs that the immune system is activated. After a surgery there can be inflammation and it's normal for a few days. If it is present a month later it is concerning that there is either infection, or some kind of immune activation. It's worth getting it checked out right away by your surgeon. ...Read more
10 mths post cts surgery, both hands; still scar tissue, soreness at incision, and meaty part of thumb, much swelling/stiffness esp in a.m., loss of strength, loss of fine motor skills, aches sometimes. Cts was chronic-10yrs. Are these symptoms normal?
Depends: It depends on how severe the numbness was before surgery and for how long you had your symptoms. If your surgery was to repair a cut nerve, it can sometimes take 12-18 months for sensation to return and it may not be 100%. If surgery was done because your nerve is under pressure (as in carpal tunnel syndrome), the numbness may resolve quickly if your symptoms were not too constant or chronic. ...Read more
Resolution of: Numbness after hand surgery such as carpal tunnel release is dependent upon many factors but the primary issue is what the nerve was like before the surgery. The more severe the preoperative symptoms, the more severe the nerve compression as shown on nerve studies and EMG and the more time that the severe compression has been there all limit recovery. However putting off surgery for fear is bad 2. ...Read more
Depends: The amount of post-operative depends entirely on what procedure is being performed. Simple surgeries such has trigger finger release or carpal tunnel release are less painful than more involved surgeries. Also, pain perception varies from patient to patient. ...Read more
Transient changes are possible. However what most of us do not realize is that handwriting ansd other learned behaviors like it are not just fine motor tasks dopendent upon fingers but depend a lot on arm and forearm movements. Thus you could tape a smooth wrting marker to your wrsit and you'd be suprised how simialr your handwritng is.
Writing aids such as grips etc help. ...Read more
How long after reconstructive hand surgery should you wait until performing calisthenics such as pull-ups?
Depends...: Pull ups require significant flexing force through the digits. Depending on what you had reconstructed, it may take you up to six months to be able to perform pull-ups. Smaller repairs may take only 8 weeks. ...Read more
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