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Is it normal to have swollen fingers after carpal tunnel release surgery?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michele Arnold
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Dr. Eon Shin
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

Mild swelling is not at all unusual.
However, contact your surgeon if the swelling is severe and/or painful.

In brief: Yes

Mild swelling is not at all unusual.
However, contact your surgeon if the swelling is severe and/or painful.
Dr. Eon Shin
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Dr. Suman Das
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: No.

Normally, after carpal tunnel surgery you will have a splint with instruction of elevation of the hand and exercise of fingers.
If this instructions are not followed properly you may have some swellig of your fingers.

In brief: No.

Normally, after carpal tunnel surgery you will have a splint with instruction of elevation of the hand and exercise of fingers.
If this instructions are not followed properly you may have some swellig of your fingers.
Dr. Suman Das
Dr. Suman Das
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