Recovery Time After Hand Surgery
In this article, we will be talking about different hand surgeries and their corresponding general time of recovery, and we shall illustrate the different negative impacts on your hands which may lead to a hand surgery.
- Fractures: Often occurs due to a magnitude of the force applied at a point on the hand, more than the resisting ability of that point. There are a whole lot of fractures that can happen, and not all fractures need surgery. The intensity of fractures depends on factors like the point of the hand and also the age of the bone. It is highly recommended to get a surgery done as soon as possible. No time of recovery can actually be predicted in this case; it might take days to weeks depending on the intensity of the fracture.
- Tendons: These are structures like flat noodles which connect to muscle and help bones to move, can be cut by sharp objects such as a knife or pulled out by an adequate force. It can be partially or completely torn and needs immediate surgery. It generally takes around a number of weeks along with adequate rest for healing.
- Mallet Finger: This is a special case of tendon rupture where tendons are pulled out. If you find your finger somehow and falling forward and you are unable to bring it to normal, immediately go to a surgeon and undergo surgery. Generally, it takes around 6 to 7 weeks to heal from mallet fingers completely.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: These are a number of syndromes occurring due to compression of nerves at the wrist. The common symptoms are tingling in fingers, awakening from sleep, numbness, and extended pain to shoulder. Being an issue relating nerves, it requires immediate attention. It generally takes anywhere from several months to several weeks for recovery depending on the level at which it has been affected.
- Fingertip Injuries: Not so severe, but still requires immediate action. These are basically ruptured fingertips where through a surgery you need to cut off the part of the ruptured skin of the area and apply fresh skin (taken from the pal generally or according to patient’s choice) in that area. It is quite common in adults, especially in parents. It recovers quietly quickly from a matter of few days to weeks.
- Ganglion Cyst: These are normally fluidic bumps on the wrist or at the tip of the nails. It is not at all cancer, but it requires medical attention. It can grow in size by itself or even may disappear completely, but getting surgery, will ensure the cyst never comes back again. It usually takes around 2 to 6 weeks for recovery.
- Arthritis-Joints: This is normally a case when the gel from the joints become dry and there takes place a constant rubbing of bone on bone, generally at the base of the thumb and in women and can be extremely painful, hence requiring immediate attention. It takes around 4 weeks for recovery.
- Tendonitis: This refers to the inflammation of tendons or groups of tendons and requires medical attention like anti-inflammatory medication and surgery. It generally takes from 12 weeks to 24 weeks for full recovery after surgery.
- De Quervain’s: It is a special type of tendinitis occurring at the wrist and generally tends to swell up. It may be extremely painful and requires anti-inflammatory medication and surgery if the prior doesn’t help. Generally, takes around 6 to 12 weeks for complete recovery.
- Trigger Digits: You may notice pain in palm or base of the fingers and a feeling of joint dislocation. These occur more in patients with diabetes and requires immediate medical attention to stop the pain increase. It takes around 6 weeks for complete recovery.
- Dupuytren’s Contracture: This is a case where the tissue beneath the skin around the palm becomes thick. You may be able to make a fist without any problem, but you will face problems when you try to relax your palm. It can be irritating and also may lead to problems in future, hence getting surgery is recommended. It will take you to 6 weeks to completely recover.