How do I reduce swelling in my hands after carpal tunnel surgery?

How do I reduce swelling in my hands after carpal tunnel surgery?

After your surgery, you may be encouraged to do the following:

  1. Elevate your hand above your heart and move your fingers to reduce swelling and prevent stiffness.
  2. Ice the surgical site for a given amount of time, a few times a day.
  3. You may need to wear a splint or wrist brace for several weeks.

How long will hand be swollen after carpal tunnel surgery?

Swelling is normal after hand surgery, and it typically lasts for about one week. Reducing swelling will not only help ease your pain, but it will also help you heal.

How do I reduce swelling in my hands after hand surgery?

To reduce swelling, the following steps should be taken:

  1. Elevation. Elevate your arm above your heart.
  2. Ice. An ice pack applied directly to your post-operative dressing will reduce swelling and inflammation at the surgical site.
  3. Use a Sling.
  4. Keep the Surrounding Area Moving.
  5. Physical Therapy.

Is swelling normal after carpal tunnel surgery?

It is normal to experience some swelling and pain after your surgery. Applying ice will decrease the amount of pain and swelling you may have. Taking your pain medicine as directed should control the pain.

Why is my hand still swollen after surgery?

Sometimes bandages and dressings are on a bit too tight following surgery, which can lead to swelling and discomfort of the hand or wrist. If swelling hasn’t improved after a few days, you can loosen and adjust your surgical dressings as instructed by your surgeon.

How long should finger swelling last?

A jammed finger or broken joint will cause pain, swelling, and immobility of the finger. Swelling may occur and last for a few weeks. The swelling should go down after a few weeks, but the swelling may persist depending on the severity of the injury.

How do you hand reduce swelling?

Elevate your hand above your heart while standing or walking. You can do this by holding your hand above your heart, resting it gently on your head, or resting it on a piece of furniture while standing. Do not use a sling as this can further limit fluid movement. Do this for minutes every hour(s).

Why is my finger still swollen after surgery?

Following your operation, swelling is common in the area operated on. If the swelling increases and the affected area looks red, this may indicate infection. If you suspect you are developing an infection, let me know and I will review you and provide you with antibiotics if necessary.

How do you make a swollen finger go down fast?

Try these methods for reducing swelling in your fingers:

  1. Keep your hand/arm elevated. If you keep your hand down, gravity is keeping the extra fluid in your hand.
  2. Apply ice to the affected area.
  3. Wear a splint or compressive wrap. Do not apply too tightly.
  4. Take anti inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen.

What does it mean if I can’t bend my finger?

Trigger finger is a condition that affects one or more of the hand’s tendons, making it difficult to bend the affected finger or thumb. If a tendon or the tunnel a tendon runs through (called the tendon sheath) becomes swollen and inflamed, the tendon gets irritated and can “catch” in the tendon sheath.