Swelling In The Hand After Surgery Under The Shoulder?

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in the morning I want to ask, so my dad had done surgery on the left hand under the shoulder and put a pen, it has been more than a month after the operation of the elbow and the wrists and palms are swollen and rather difficult to move. guess “why huh? even though the one who operated on the bottom of the shoulder but the others were swollen

1 Answer:

Hello Marsya, Thank you for the question.


Has your father gone back to the doctor about this complaint? How was the severity of your father's condition the first time? Blood vessels and lymph vessels in the area extending from the hands, arms, to the shoulder. These vessels drain blood and lymph from the shoulder to the hand and vice versa. Disturbances in any of these parts can cause circulatory or lymphatic disorders that can cause swelling in any part of the shoulders, arms and hands. Swollen complaints that occur in the elbow and wrist joints can occur if:

the initial injury that occurred to your father was quite severe and caused damage to the blood vessels in the shoulder so that blood flow to and back from the hands had been interrupted
inflammation of the injured area in the shoulder causes disruption of blood flow which is then compounded by lack of activity or movement of the elbow and wrist. The movement of the elbows and wrists causes muscle contractions which can help expedite blood and lymph flow
thrombophlebitis
deep vein thrombosis

It is best to encourage your father to consult with an orthopedic specialist who is treating your father. Doctors need to do an examination on the swollen part to determine the cause. Your doctor may recommend blood tests, ultrasound, Doppler ultrasound, or other tests to help determine the cause. From this examination, it will be known the cause of these symptoms and the doctor can provide appropriate treatment.


For now, you can encourage your father to take the following recommendations:

position the swollen hand slightly higher when resting for example by placing a pillow under the hand
using an arm sling in the right position can also help reduce swelling
do warm compresses regularly on the swollen part
perform regular elbow and wrist movements to help reduce joint stiffness and help contract muscles to improve blood circulation
Hopefully this information is useful.

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