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Why would my hand be swelling after a rotator cuff surgery?

Why would my hand be swelling after a rotator cuff surgery?

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

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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


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Is it normal for my hand to swell after my rotator cuff surgery?

Is it normal for my hand to swell after my rotator cuff surgery?

Yes-quickly subsides: The combination of internal tissue pressure from arthroscopy fluid used at surgery and immobilization in a brace can lead to temporary postoperative swelling that includes the hand. The swelling from the arthroscopy fluid usually subsides in hours. The residual swelling from immobilization in a brace should continue to diminish steadily within days. Elbow, wrist and hand motion helps (if allowed). ...Read more

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Why would my hand be swelling, fingers stiff and severe pain in my hand after rotator cuff surgery?

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

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Is it possible to move your arm after arthroscopic elbow surgery?

Is it possible to move your arm after arthroscopic elbow surgery?

Yes: Not only can you, but usually you're encouraged to move it early and often after surgery. Ice is helpful to reduce swelling. Anti-inflammatories are also usually encouraged, like Ibuprofen or naproxen. Confirm with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How normal would it be for numbness after dislocating my shoulder?

How normal would it be for numbness after dislocating my shoulder?

Yes: It is not uncommon for a dislocated shoulder to be asssociated with nerve injury. This can be either numbness or even muscle paralysis. The good news is that in most all of the cases this is temporary. ...Read more

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Why does my shoulder still hurt after a year of rotator cuff surgery?

Why does  my shoulder still hurt after a year of rotator cuff surgery?

Shoulder : Unfortunately I have seen many patients like u continuing to have pain long after healing should have occurred. The surgery is mostly for increased range of motion provided good physical therapy however the surgery itself can produce chronic pain and arthritis. Should see a reasonable pain management provider for further eval and treatment Wish I could say all pain will go away but can't ...Read more

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I have a weird rotator cuff injury. Is it necessary to get surgery?

I have a weird rotator cuff injury. Is it necessary to get surgery?

Not always: The decision to pursue surgical treatment depends on a number of factors, including your age, your activity level, the chronicity of the tear, the size and "repairability" of the tear. Small traumatic tears usually recover predictably well with surgery. Large atraumatic tears often respond to non-operative treatments, although there is some risk of tear progression without surgery. ...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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Why would bicep not flex 2 weeks after shoulder replacement? Any explanation? Also still numb from elbow to thumb, painful nerves.

Why would bicep not flex 2 weeks after shoulder replacement? Any explanation? Also still numb from elbow to thumb, painful nerves.

Musculocutaneous n.: The musculocutaneous nerve provides the nerve supply to the biceps muscle. If this was stretched and temporarily "stunned' during the shoulder replacement, this can explain the symptoms. The skin sensation from the elbow to the thumb comes from the "lateral cutaneous nerve of the forearm". This nerve is an extension of the musculocutaneous nerve, so this makes sense too. ...Read more

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I have a tear in my rotator cuff. I also have a tear in my Labrum. My pain is still bad after two shots. Will I need surgery to repair this problem. ?

It is possible: depending on severity of the tear and which rotator cuff muscles /tendon is torn and how active you are , however the rehab time may be quite lengthy, need a discussion with your orthopedists ...Read more

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After arthroscopic surgery on rotator cuff is it normal to have severe pain in the elbow and stabbing feeling in hand?

After arthroscopic surgery on rotator cuff is it normal to have severe pain in the elbow and stabbing feeling in hand?

Post op pain: No, but is is unlikely do to the surgery itself. Is it the forth and fifth fingers? If so i would highly suspect a ulnar neuropathy. This nerve is located where we call the funny bone. It can cause pain in the elbow and hand. Ask your orthopedist to evaluate. ...Read more

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I have numbness in my arm that comes from a labrum tear and a tear in my rotator cuff. Is there reason for concern? Surgery seems to be my only option

I have numbness in my arm that comes from a labrum tear and a tear in my rotator cuff. Is there reason for concern? Surgery seems to be my only option

See details: Numbness is not usually the result of a tear of the labrum or the rotator cuff. You need to provide more information. Was significant trauma involved? Was a Lyme titer done? Was an EMG done? ...Read more

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My shoulder randomly makes "grinding" noises following surgery for a torn rotator cuff and frozen shoulder (6 months ago). Should i be concerned?

My shoulder randomly makes "grinding" noises following surgery for a torn rotator cuff and frozen shoulder (6 months ago). Should i be concerned?

Shoulder issue: Grinding noise is a non-specific symptom and may not be anything to worry about, but it may be part of a bigger picture that may need attention. It all depends on your recovery. If your pain is improving and function is slowly getting better, then you may need to watch it and consult your doc if other symptoms are present or recovery halts. ...Read more

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Could I have torn my rotator cuff at the same time as a distal bicep tendon rupture? I had surgery for the rupture, now need MRI for the shoulder

Could I have torn my rotator cuff at the same time as a distal bicep tendon rupture? I had surgery for the rupture, now need MRI for the shoulder

Unlikely: A ruptured biceps tendon@ the elbow is usually known... Eccentric contraction of the muscle w/ a feeling of a ' pop' or tear is commonplace. Rotator cuff tears occurring @ the same time is conceivable but very unlikely. More likely you had a rct already and was 'picked up' by your ors @ exam/mri. The "long head" of the biceps in the shoulder can tear in chronic rot.Cuff tears . Gl! ...Read more

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Is it normal for my knee to be tingling after an MCL tear reconstruction?

Is it normal for my knee to be tingling after an MCL tear reconstruction?

it can be: It depends on what was done and how long you are following surgery. If you are in first few weeks following surgery it could related to a number of things, all likely to resolve with time and healing. If it is late, it could represent sensory nerve entrapment and might need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is it normal after a tendon repair surgery for your finger to feel really hot?

Is it normal after a tendon repair surgery for your finger to feel really hot?

No: If the finger feels real hot and remains that way for more than 24 hours, you need to see your surgeon as you might have an infection. ...Read more

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I tore my peroneal brevis tendon. I think it happened in PT after care from an ankle surgery. Is this possible?

I tore my peroneal brevis tendon. I think it happened in PT after care from an ankle surgery. Is this possible?

Yes it is.: Unfortunately, physical therapy can be aggressive at times and an injury can occur. In 27 years of practice I have similar injuries occur twice, so it is rare. ...Read more

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Is arthroscopic surgery ok if I have a cold? Shoulder repair

Is arthroscopic surgery ok if I have a cold? Shoulder repair

Yes,if no fever: If you are having arthroscopic shoulder surgery(labral repair, rotator cuff, etc.) electively u can have surgery@our surgery center w/ a cold as long as you dont have a signifigant fever or other symptoms.Check w/your surgeon;some will say to re-schedule even if u are not having a fever...Varies w/docto and sometimes the anesthesiologist..Best of luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Lu
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Rotator Cuff Repair (Definition)

Rotator cuff repair is performed by reattaching to bone the important tendons of the shoulder that provide specific refined motion and function of the shoulder: forward flexion, elevation away from the side of the body, and internal/external rotation of the arm while at the ...Read more


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Rotator Cuff (Definition)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm ...Read more