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Will I be in a lot of pain after my hand surgery?
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Dr. Bauback Safa
Surgery - Plastics
9 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bauback Safa
Dr. Bauback Safa
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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Agree with Dr Safa. In addition pain control is a science that most anesthesiologists and Hand surgeons manage quite well. Majority of patients get nerve blocks placed at the end of the procedures and are given anti-inflammatory meds and pain meds before they wake up as it has been shown in studies that early, good pain control limits pain perception and need for medication.
Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Should not be...
Hand surgery is typically not very painful postop.
Elevation of the operated hand above the heart for 2-3 days will help. Many hand surgeons will inject a long-acting local anesthetic into the operative site at the end of the procedure and patients are sent home with pain medicine. If there is pain that is not relieved with these methods, your surgeon should be notified.

In brief: Should not be...
Hand surgery is typically not very painful postop.
Elevation of the operated hand above the heart for 2-3 days will help. Many hand surgeons will inject a long-acting local anesthetic into the operative site at the end of the procedure and patients are sent home with pain medicine. If there is pain that is not relieved with these methods, your surgeon should be notified.
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Dr. Michael Raemisch
Surgery - Hand Surgery
In brief: Not usually
Pain is not too bad after surgeries that do not involve bone.
Carpal tunnel surgery typically makes the hand feel much better despite having surgery.

In brief: Not usually
Pain is not too bad after surgeries that do not involve bone.
Carpal tunnel surgery typically makes the hand feel much better despite having surgery.
Dr. Michael Raemisch
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