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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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