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Will my arm get stiff after hand surgery?

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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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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 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

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

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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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8months after tennis elbow release surgery im feeling pain, stiffness in elbow. Cant twist my hand without pain. Hand and fingers getting numb. Why?

8months after tennis elbow release surgery im feeling pain, stiffness in elbow. Cant twist my hand without pain. Hand and fingers getting numb.  Why?

Nerve involvement : It's possible one of your nerves running through your elbow is being irritated or compressed. Could simply be from swelling or could be something else. Best to contact the doc who did the surgery ...Read more

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When will i be able to lift my arm up over my head after rotator cuff surgery?

When will i be able to lift my arm up over my head after rotator cuff surgery?

Rotator cuff surgery: The answer to your question depends on many factors including the size of your tear, your range of motion before surgery, the length of time that your rotator cuff was torn prior to surgery and the atrophy in the torn muscle. Generally, the average patient will be able to lift their arm overhead around 3 months after surgery. Remember, recovery from rotator cuff surgery is always slow. ...Read more

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How can I elevate my hand after surgery without causing neck, shoulder or elbow strain?

How can I elevate my hand after surgery without causing neck, shoulder or elbow strain?

A little at a time.: Follow the surgeons restrictions and recommendations. Do not force the motion. Gentle, frequent motion works bests. Getting the blood circulating 10-15 mins first by walking or stationary cycling can also be helpful. Using the fingers to walk your arm up a wall is another method. ...Read more

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Had arthoscopic shoulder surgery week ago and now arm and hand very swollen. How long does this last?

Had arthoscopic shoulder surgery week ago and now arm and hand very swollen. How long does this last?

Not normal post-op: If your arm and hand are markedly swollen, that is not a normal complication of the surgery. Call the surgeon. Make sure you have not developed phlebitis in the arm. ...Read more

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I have pain in arm from neck to finger tips since having stitches removed after carpal tunnel surgery ?

I have pain in arm from neck to finger tips since having stitches removed after carpal tunnel surgery ?

Neck pain: You may have a pinched nerve in the neck that was mimicking the carpal tunnel syndrome. Alternatively, releasing the median nerve at the wrist may have uncovered the pinched nerve in the neck. You may need an MRI of the cervical spine to confirm a pinched nerve in the neck. Physical therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and neck traction may relieve the pain in the neck and arm. ...Read more

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My leg feels numb after bunion surgery. How should I put my leg, up or down?

My leg feels numb after bunion surgery. How should I put my leg, up or down?

The best thing to: Do is let your surgeon know. If you have swelling in your foot best to elevate. If you don't then putting down would be okay. But, the numbness you are feeling may or may not be related to the surgery and your surgeon should be informed. ...Read more

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Will I have completely normal use of my hand after shoulder surgery?

Will I have completely normal use of my hand after shoulder surgery?

You should: If you have normal use of your hand prior to surgery there is no reason you won't have normal function of your hand post surgery. Depending on the surgery you may have some restrictions of motion or weight of that arm, but you should be able to use hand for normal activities. ...Read more

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Can my wrists and hands hurt worse after wearing a brace for carpal tunnel?

Can my wrists and hands hurt worse after wearing a brace for carpal tunnel?

Possible!: At best, braces may help about a third of carpal tunnel patients, and many braces do not fit well or have improper angulation. Best to see a certified hand therapist and have the brace refitted. If this fails to help, consider other options. ...Read more

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After a wrist fracture and disclocation will I ever recover my flexibility.?

Unfortunately, no: True fracture dislocations of the wrist severely damage many ligaments. Ligaments will heal with scar tissue that is not as mobile as the original ligaments. But, you can get the best motion possible by doing therapy and exercises. Follow your hand therapist's advice. ...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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How to get my flexibility back after a broken elbow?

How to get my flexibility back after a broken elbow?

Therapy: The only way to get the maximal amount of recovery is to perform aggressive therapy after your doctor clears you to begin. Therapy is typically 2-3 days a week but you should be doing some therapy at home as well to maximize your recovery. ...Read more

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Is it ok to get a tattoo on my right shoulder a few days before carpal tunnel release surgery? ( having surgery on my right hand)

Is it ok to get a tattoo on my right shoulder a few days before carpal tunnel release surgery? ( having surgery on my right hand)

No!: Getting tattoos and body piercings greatly increase the risk of hepatitis (viral infection of the liver ) or some other infection. There has been an epidemic of infections since there has been wide spread tattooing and body piercings. The treatment is hard to tolerate and very expensive. ...Read more

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After microscopic shoulder surgery now by left hand all puffy. And my arm still hurting. What should I do?

After microscopic shoulder surgery now by left hand all puffy. And my arm still hurting. What should I do?

Call your surgeon: I recommend calling the surgeon who did the surgery and let them know. They will direct you to what to do and get you in for re-evaluation if needed. Good luck. ...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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