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Old 11-20-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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Several weeks ago the top of my right hand was dragged across glass which resulted in damage to my middle finger extensor tendon and a severed ring finger extensor tendon. The wound occurred about 1.5" - 2" from the knuckles. It was quite a gruesome spectacle as I had to stuff the one tendon back back into my hand... but I digress. Well i had hand surgery done where they stitched the tendons back together. However they to cut the skin back (further away from my knuckles starting at the existing wound giving the cut a 'T' or 'Y'-like shape) so they could retrieve the other end of the tendon.

As of right now the range of motion and capability of the hand is at about 90% of what it used to be, still a little pain however my biggest concern is that where they were digging around (which they did alot of) there is now a bulge on the top of my hand. It is rather hard and pretty annoying. The obvious answer is to go back to the doctors and have them look at it. The not so obvious problem is that I had the surgery and the main follow up just in time as my medical insurance coverage expired soon after. I am a college student counting his pennies and I am currently seeking out affordable coverage plans however as of right now I am just going to have to play it safe and be healthy.

So my main concern is this bulge... is this just scar tissue since they pulled all the flesh out of the way and "off the bone" so to speak? The scars are completely sealed up so I assume they intended this, however I cannot afford to go there and give them $200 for a thumbs up.
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:11 PM
 
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Several weeks ago the top of my right hand was dragged across glass which resulted in damage to my middle finger extensor tendon and a severed ring finger extensor tendon. The wound occurred about 1.5" - 2" from the knuckles. It was quite a gruesome spectacle as I had to stuff the one tendon back back into my hand... but I digress. Well i had hand surgery done where they stitched the tendons back together. However they to cut the skin back (further away from my knuckles starting at the existing wound giving the cut a 'T' or 'Y'-like shape) so they could retrieve the other end of the tendon.

As of right now the range of motion and capability of the hand is at about 90% of what it used to be, still a little pain however my biggest concern is that where they were digging around (which they did alot of) there is now a bulge on the top of my hand. It is rather hard and pretty annoying. The obvious answer is to go back to the doctors and have them look at it. The not so obvious problem is that I had the surgery and the main follow up just in time as my medical insurance coverage expired soon after. I am a college student counting his pennies and I am currently seeking out affordable coverage plans however as of right now I am just going to have to play it safe and be healthy.

So my main concern is this bulge... is this just scar tissue since they pulled all the flesh out of the way and "off the bone" so to speak? The scars are completely sealed up so I assume they intended this, however I cannot afford to go there and give them $200 for a thumbs up.
are you possibly referring to a keloid?
This link explains them and has pics Keloid in Adults: Condition, Treatment and Pictures - Overview | skinsight
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:19 PM
 
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Too soon for a keloid, and doesn't sound like one by description.

You shouldn't have to pay for follow up on your surgery. Call your hand surgeon's office and speak to someone in billing.

Typically surgery is a global charge to your insurance which covers not only the surgery, but all follow up care, typically for 90 days post op. In other words, your previous insurer not only paid ( or is still paying ) for your surgery, but all follow up care in advance.
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