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When to tell swollen fingers from hand surgery needs to be seen?

When to tell swollen fingers from hand surgery needs to be seen?

When in doubt...: Swelling that is painful, increasing or associated with redness, heat or fever, should be checked right away. Surgical swelling can be expected to increase for a day or two after surgery, but if there is any question, call your surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Finger Swelling (Definition)

Finger swelling can occur in many medical conditions. It can be objectively measured by water displacement measuring in some cases. It can be a sign of systemic disease, such as heart failure, or renal failure. It most often is a ...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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Hit my hand swollen fingers slightly bruising hand and wrist after 3 days and swollen hand?

Hit my hand swollen fingers slightly bruising hand and wrist after 3 days and swollen hand?

Have it evaluated: Did you injure the hand or did the swelling and bruising occur without trauma? If any event, you need to have the hand evaluated. ...Read more

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Help, having tingling and numbness in left arm, hand and fingers with swollen fingers 6 weeks after nerve block for shoulder surgery.

Help, having tingling and numbness in left arm, hand and fingers with swollen fingers 6 weeks after nerve block for shoulder surgery.

Needs evaluation: I think your symptoms warrant evaluation with a physical exam and nerve conduction study given how long they have been occurring. ...Read more

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Swollen fingers rt hand / 3 days / 1st middle, then ring, index, now all - ++severe middle & ring / extreme sensitive to cold air ++pain ++ pressure?

Swollen fingers rt hand / 3 days / 1st middle, then ring, index, now all - ++severe middle & ring / extreme sensitive to cold air ++pain ++ pressure?

Not Sure: Hard to say what could be causing your problem from the info you listed. Swollen, painful fingers suggests that some inflammatory process is going on. This could be simple over use, or could represent something more serious like arthritis, infection, or a nerve entrapment problem. Sounds like you should call your doctor and get it checked out. ...Read more

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I always wake up with swollen fingers nd my arms and hand feel heavy nd with a bit of pain what can be causing this? Can this be a due to my anxiaty

I always wake up with swollen fingers nd my arms and hand feel heavy nd with a bit of pain what can be causing this? Can this be a due to my anxiaty

NOT anxiety: Painful swollen fingers may be due to some form of 'auto-immune' arthritis. Simple blood tests (sed rate/crp) can quickly test for inflammation and confirmatory testing (ccp, ra, ana) may be neeed. I would get seen by primary care doctor. For now you can take nsaids (i suggest Aleve (naproxen) 2 in am, 2pm). Anxiety should not cause edema per se. Hope you are better soon! ...Read more

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Had impact on my right hand around Easter and have had periodic pain in "snuff box" area and swollen fingers. I can still use my hand. Is a bone brok?

Had impact on my right hand around Easter and have had periodic pain in "snuff box" area and swollen fingers. I can still use my hand. Is a bone brok?

Pain in snuffbox: When you say impact, do you mean you fell on an out-stretched hand? Or impact like a direct blow? If you fell, yes you could have a broken bone. That is less likely with a direct blow but it is important that you get this wrist and hand xrayed. ...Read more

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I got surgery on Thursday to put screws into my 3rd and 4th metacarpals after I broke them. My hand is still very swollen and my fingers are looked bruised and have yellowness to them. Is this normal? Thanks ~Cody

I got surgery on Thursday to put screws into my 3rd and 4th metacarpals after I broke them. My hand is still very swollen and my fingers are looked bruised and have yellowness to them. Is this normal? Thanks ~Cody

Yes: Make sure you call your treating surgeon and follow up as directed. Bruising from your original injury turns yellow as your immune system cleans up the damage, like a black eye. If you can wiggle your fingers and feel all of your fingers on both sides be able to report that to your surgeon. In person is the best place to evaluate your neurovascular status and any postoperative problem. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery and trigger finger release surgery a week ago and my hand is really stiff and swollen. I was told I needed to bend my fin?

I had carpal tunnel surgery and trigger finger release surgery a week ago and my hand is really stiff and swollen. I was told I needed to bend my fin?

MOVING fingers fully: After surgery for CTS or trigger finger is very important. I always tell my surgical patients that when they return to the office after surgery I want to see them make a full fist AND straighten their fingers out so they can lay their hand flat. Speak to your surgeon to make sure you are doing the right thing, but most agree on this. Not "overdo" it BUTlike touching ones toes, after it is easier ...Read more

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Had a tendon debridement surgery on my right hand and now on a splint, my fingers and knucles are all swollen and purpleish in color. Is this normal?

Yes: Swelling and purple color are due to the surgery and are normal. If you start having increased pain, redness, fever or pus in the wound these are concerning and you should return immediately to your surgeon or to emergency if you have these. The swelling and purple color will decrease over the next few weeks. ...Read more

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2 w ago I had carpal tunnel surgery. I did some painting now my hand is swollen and my pinky finger is locked up and twice the size is this normal?

2 w ago I had carpal tunnel surgery. I did some painting now my hand is swollen and my pinky finger is locked up and twice the size is this normal?

No, not normal!: It appears that you started a bit too soon with heavy use of the operated hand. And if your little finger is locking then you a separate condition called triggering. Rest, elevate your hand, use prescription NSAIDs and see your Hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I had surgery on my elbow after a fracture on Saturday my hand and fingers are swollen is this normal?

I had surgery on my elbow after a fracture on Saturday my hand and fingers are swollen is this normal?

Swelling beyond the: Site of fracture is common especially toward the hand, often we elevate but forget to keep the hand up too. Motion of the fingers not only helos stiffness, but help reduce swelling. However tight bandages, swelling that cuts off circulation and swelling due to bleedong or infection can occur too. Talk to your surgeon about what is gonf on and make sure that you don't need to be seen sooner. ...Read more

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I have numbness in fingers after wrist surgery (not carpal tunnnel) that seems to be improving but is not 100%. Can I expect further improvement?

I have numbness in fingers after wrist surgery (not carpal tunnnel) that seems to be improving but is not 100%. Can I expect further improvement?

Potentially: Sometimes numbness in the wrist can be related to peri operative swelling and can improve over time and often completely resolve. I would make sure your surgeon is aware. ...Read more

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I have wrist surgery next week. What should I expect, what to do?

I have wrist surgery next week. What should I expect, what to do?

Talk to your surgeon: This is certainly something you want to discuss at length with your surgeon. There are dozens of "wrist" surgeries, so I can't begin to answer these for you. You have every right to have every question answered fully and to your satisfaction prior to surgery, so I encourage you to either call your surgeon or make a preoperative appointment to answer these questions prior to your surgery. ...Read more

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Please help! I am having wrist surgery next week. What should I expect?

Please help! I am having wrist surgery next week. What should I expect?

? Surgery: What specific type of "wrist" surgery are you having? Carpal tunnel release? Tfcc scope / debridement? 4- corner fusion, etc., etc. Be more specific and may be able to help w/ expectations... Good luck! ...Read more

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I developed atrophy after I had wrist surgery is this normal?

I developed atrophy after I had wrist surgery is this normal?

Yes: Muscle atrophy is common after surgery due to lack of exercise. Ease back slowly using the muscles again. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst wrist surgery swelling. How to reduce this?

Ganglion cyst wrist surgery swelling. How to reduce this?

Scar massage: Swelling following surgery is quite common. Stiffness is also a common complaint. Physical therapy (or hand therapy) can be beneficial in improving wrist motion and swelling. Scar massage and desensitization exercises can be helpful to reduce swelling and sensitivity. ...Read more

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Wrist surgery 2 days ago, 1 stitch loose, ~5mm opening. No internal suture, only external chromic dissolvable. Steri-strips suffice? Tensile strength?

Wrist surgery 2 days ago, 1 stitch loose, ~5mm opening. No internal suture, only external chromic dissolvable. Steri-strips suffice? Tensile strength?

See your doc: If you recently had surgery and the surgical wound is coming open, you need to go back to the doc who performed the surgery for additional treatment. You should call them right away and be seen as soon as possible. Infections after orthopedic surgeries can lead to bad outcomes. Don't delay seeing your doc for this! ...Read more

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What are complications related to wrist surgery?

What are complications related to wrist surgery?

Depends: Any time you have surgery, there are risks of pain, bleeding, infection and the risks of anesthesia. In addition, fracture surgery can have the risks of delayed healing, not healing, or healing in a bad position, as well as failure of the hardware used to treat the fracture. It really depends on the exact type of surgery being done. ...Read more

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I had wrist surgery and then sprained it later. What should I do?

I had wrist surgery and then sprained it later. What should I do?

Wrist sprain: A wrist sprain is an injury to the ligaments of thr bones of the wrist. These bone are the distal most parts of the radius and or ulna and carpal bones. The carpal bones are attached by ligaments to each other, similar to a fracture there is pain swelling and stiffness. The simple answer is to speak to the surgeon as much depends upon the past surgery and current injury. ...Read more

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How difficult is arthroscopic wrist surgery?

How difficult is arthroscopic wrist surgery?

Not difficult: Wrist arthroscopy is not difficult for someone who specializes in hand surgery. Ask the physician about their specialty and how many wrist scopes a year they do. ...Read more

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Is it possible to need wrist surgery as a result of carpal tunnel surgery?

Is it possible to need wrist surgery as a result of carpal tunnel surgery?

Carpal tunnel syndro: Carpal tunnel release is the most invasive treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome that doesn't respond to lifestyle modification, splints, anti-inflammatories & local injections. While it used to be an open procedure (imagine long scar down palm into wrist), it is most often accomplished endoscopically these days. Your family doc can help you determine when to see hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I had ganglion cyst wrist surgery 3 weeks ago, how much longer will I have pain when I move my wrist. I hurts when I take splint off and move it.

I had ganglion cyst wrist surgery 3 weeks ago, how much longer will I have pain when I move my wrist. I hurts when I take splint off and move it.

Most pain: Dissipates in a few weeks. Though the exact size, location of the cysts and other issues in the wrist such as arthritis, underlying ligament and capsular issues and even how and why the ganglion was removed can play a role.
Talk to yiour surgeon regarding your scenario. Though rare, there are times when therapy is needed to get moving. And a splint while it helps may need to be weaned sooner. ...Read more