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Why are my fingernails growing very slowly after hand surgery?

Why are my fingernails growing very slowly after hand surgery?

Nail growth: Fingernails growth is not uniform. Longer fingers with longer phalanges grow faster. Some state that nails grow fster in the summer. Nutritional and metabolic issues affects nail growth. Recent trauma or surgery may slow down growth. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Hand Surgery (Definition)

Hand surgery is a meticulous surgical procedure that occurs on your hands. There are few places where there is such in intimate association of blood vessels, nerves, bones, tendons and joints. This is why a dedicated hand surgeon ...Read more


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I had hand surgery a week ago to repair gamers thumb. My nail cuticle is really sore. Is this normal? Or a cause for concern?

Check: The nail cuticle is not involved in the surgery you had but since you are "fresh post-op" only 1 week, it would be a good idea to check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How much pain will I feel after a hand surgery?

How much pain will I feel after a hand surgery?

Variable: Everybody is different, and the cause of injury will help dictate the amount of pain afterward as well. ...Read more

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What are the risks involved with hand surgery?

What are the risks involved with hand surgery?

Please specify: Please specify what type of hand surgery as risks, benefits and limitations are specific to each surgery. Your Hand surgeon will review these with you prior to making a decision as to what surgery or non-surgical treatment will benefit you the most. ...Read more

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Will I be in a lot of pain after my hand surgery?

Will I be in a lot of pain after my hand surgery?

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

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Will my arm get stiff after hand surgery?

Typically yes: There is almost always some stiffness if the procedure requires post-operative immobilization. Typically, hand therapy and general use of the hand is enough to overcome the stiffness. If the surgery is very involved and there is severe post-operative scarring that is not resolved with therapy, a scar release surgery may be required in the future. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have shoulder pain after hand surgery?

Is it normal to have shoulder pain after hand surgery?

Can happen: Depending in the surgical procedure you had and the position in which you were placed for the procedure, the shoulder may become sore afterwards. Symptoms usually improve after a short period of time and with a little physical therapy. ...Read more

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Can you have reconstructive hand surgery while in a cast?

Can you have reconstructive hand surgery while in a cast?

More information: I need more information about what type of injury you had and what type of surgery is being recommended. ...Read more

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How long should I keep my arm elevated after hand surgery?

How long should I keep my arm elevated after hand surgery?

2-3 days: Swelling achieves a maximum at 2-3 days.
Make sure you don't over elevate such as over your head and interfere with circulation. A pillow on you r chest or at your side with your fingers pointed up higher than your elbow and of course higher than your heart no matter what your position is helpful.
Ice may be used but not if there are circulation issues or problems. ...Read more

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Why is it impossible for me to make a fist after hand surgery?

Why is it impossible for me to make a fist after hand surgery?

Complex: Relationships exist between the joints tendons small muscles and soft tissues in your hand. However swelling is the most common reason even unnoticed it just takes a small bit of soft tissue swelling to give limitation in motion. If you are cleared for motion on your own keep working as it is an everyday thing and swelling in general can last months depending upon you, your surgery et al ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to perform a pediatric hand surgery?

How long does it usually take to perform a pediatric hand surgery?

Varies: The length of time varies depending on the procedure performed. This can range from 5 minutes for a trigger thumb release to over 3 hours for a syndactyly reconstruction. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of scare tissue after hand surgery?

What is the best way to get rid of scare tissue after hand surgery?

Avoid the Sun.: Avoid sun exposure, and use sunscreen if you are stepping outside. Keep away from swimming-- especially in the ocean--until the scab has fallen away. Be vigilant for signs of infection (redness, increased pain, drainage, warmth). Once scab has fallen away, a topical cream like Mederma has improved many of my own scars. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have had hand surgery 6 months ago but my hand tingles?

Possibly: Ideally you would no longer have pain after surgery, but it is possible. Tingling in the hand is usually related to an irritated nerve. Carpal tunnel is the most common cause. I would recommend seeing your hand surgeon to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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What is causing a clicking/crunching noise after 5th metacarpal hand surgery?

What is causing a clicking/crunching noise after 5th metacarpal hand surgery?

Scar tissue: If you had plate and screw fixation, metal rod or pinning, then you may have some scar around the implants. Once pins are removed, the scar will soften. Sometimes implants need to be removed & scar excised to maximize function. ...Read more

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Can a hand surgery be done to my hand that is deformed due to RA in a way it will function normaly?

Maybe: Not every hand can be returned to normal function by surgery but at least you can achieve a major improvement in function with surgical correction of deformities. ...Read more

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Is it okay for the skin on my hand to be peeling after having hand surgery?

Is it okay for the skin on my hand to be peeling after having hand surgery?

Palm skin is thick: The skin of the palm and of the bottom of the foot is quite thick. The outer layer, called the stratum corneum, is thickest in these areas. These layers are not even alive, and therefore after surgery don't "heal" the way we expect them to. They slough off like a blister and the skin underneath rises to takes its place. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hand surgery?

What is the definition or description of: hand surgery?

Hand Surgery: Hand surgery is a meticulous surgical procedure that occurs on your hands. There are few places where there is such in intimate association of blood vessels, nerves, bones, tendons and joints. This is why a dedicated hand surgeon performs these various surgeries. ...Read more

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Please explain what do I wear when going in for hand surgery?

Please explain what do I wear when going in for hand surgery?

Allow for dressing: Wear short sleeve or loose shirt such as sweatshirt to allow for a bulky hand dressing splint or cast. ...Read more

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Does numbness after hand surgery go away?

Does numbness after hand surgery go away?

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

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What's tendon hand surgery necessary for?

What's tendon hand surgery necessary for?

Restore function: If you cut or rupture a tendon you will lose the ability to either extend or flex a joint. Repair is necessary to restore the function. In the hand, each tendon has a specific function.
More information is needed for a precise explanation. ...Read more

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Would numbness after hand surgery go away?

Would numbness after hand surgery go away?

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

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How long does swelling last following hand surgery?

How long does swelling last following hand surgery?

Depends on surgery..: The swelling will depend on the extent of surgery, initial trauma, and subsequent wound care (elevation, mobilization, etc). ...Read more

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Will my handwriting change after having hand surgery?

Sometimes: 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

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How long does swelling typically last after hand surgery?

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

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Need expert help here. What are the risks of hand surgery?

Need expert help here. What are the risks of hand surgery?

Multiple: Issues such as possible infection, hematoma, seroma, scaring, decreased range of motion or injury to nerve or vascular structures are examples of potential risks. The risks depend on the particular operation performed so discuss this with your hand surgeon prior to surgery. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take time off of work after my hand surgery?

Yes: It is generally a good idea to minimize work with a hand that has been operated on. The amount of time off is highly variable and depends on the procedure being performed and the demands of the job. I would check with your local hand surgeon regarding the specifics of the surgery. ...Read more

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How long after reconstructive hand surgery should you wait until performing calisthenics such as pull-ups?

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