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I apologize if this isn't the kind of question you would answer, but I had a wrist surgery to remove a ganglion cyst and the doctor said that I should keep my up above heart level, but I forgot to ask how long to do this for. I'll be in a half cast for two weeks, and then a splinter cast for another two. Again, I'm sorry. I didn't know who else to ask.

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Dear Navi,

For the couple of weeks, the hand can get very swollen. It is best to keep it above your heart especially when sleeping. Prop it up on pillows and ice it if necessary. Wear a sling during the day to keep it from swelling. There is no time limit. Do what feels comfortable. The goal is no swelling.  

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GENERAL SURGERY Intestinal obstructions; Perforations; Ostomy; End ileostomy; Hemicolectomy; Take down ileostomy; Ostomy reversals; Diverticulitis; Chrohns Disease; Appendectomy; Cholecystectomy (gallbladder); Ventral hernia repair; Inguinal hernia repair; Umbilical hernia repair; Chest tubes; Pleurex catheters; Lobe-ectomy; Pneumonectomy; Thoracotomy; Pleuradesis; Thyroid surgery; Mastectomy; Lumpectomy LAPAROSCOPIC - LAPAROTOMY - LAPAROSCOPIC ASSISTED

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My name is Dr. Cipriano. I am a Hospitalist on the Medical Staff. I round, admit, discharge, consult and assist with surgeries in the OR. I manage patients in the ICU and Med/Surg floors. I also work in the emergency department. I am certified critical care nurse (CCRN). And ACLS certified. I

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Society of Hospital Medicine American College of Nurse Practitioners Connecticut Advance Practice Registered Nurse Society

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Maryville University 2014-2016 Doctor of Nursing Practice University of Connecticut 2007-2011 MSN, Acute Care Track Nurse Practitioner. Board Certified September 2011 Central Connecticut State University 2002-2006 BA Psychology St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing 1991-1993 Diploma Nursing Registered Nurse

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