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how long does a carpal tunnel surgery take

A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Solomon
26 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
3-6 weeks: Typically pain goes away first (2-3 weeks); then numbness goes away (2-6 weeks) and finally strength may or may not return over the course of 2-4 mont ... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Gluck
38 years experience Hand Surgery
Quickly: With my patients, i generally let them use the hand same day as the surgery though they have a small bandage and they can't over do it. Stitches usual ... Read More
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Varies: It varies somewhat based upon surgical technique used- endoscopic verses open. That being said, however, most patients are doing real well by about 3 ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Tuckman
22 years experience Hand Surgery
Not to long: You don't want to wait until the point that you have continuous numbness and tingling. This is a sign of potential permanent nerve damage, carpal tun ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
38 years experience Hand Surgery
Forever: Carpal tunnel will wax and wane but does not go away without appropriate care, often times surgical release. Carpal tunnel is a structural problem at ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Gluck
38 years experience Hand Surgery
Depends on severity: Somewhat different for the two. Carpal tunnel involving the median nerve at the wrist has a very quick recovery with many people feeling better immedi ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
20 years experience Neurosurgery
6 weeks: Most patients return to non-lifting work in 6 weeks after this surgery.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Callahan
30 years experience Hand Surgery
Variable: The surgical time varies based on type of carpal tunnel release, which thumb joint is being fused, implants being used and of course how fast the sur ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Generic answer: Let's assume successful surgical intervention with all compression removed, and no complications. If only the myelin covering impaired, should find r ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Gluck
38 years experience Hand Surgery
Depends on severity: Carpal tunnel surgery is a highly successful surgery getting right to the heart of the problem i.E the nerve is compressed and the surgery decompresse ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Eastburn
23 years experience Family Medicine
It varies greatly: Healing time varies with the individual, severity of the injury and the extent of the surgery. Be patient and follow your physicians plan. It is neces ... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Nerves: The recovery time can be extremely variable and sometimes taking up to six to eight months after the surgery. The more the nerves were compressed the ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
23 years experience Hand Surgery
4-8 weeks: Most wrist fractures heal within 4-8 weeks, depending on the severity of the fracture and the treatment received.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Webber
31 years experience Cardiology
May take time: expect the healing process to last sometimes up to 6-12 months.
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ayres
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It depends.: There are different types of arthroscopic shoulder procedures like subacromial decompression, labral repair, rotator cuff repair, to name a few. Most ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
6 months: It will be 6 months until you are back to full activity.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wenjay Sung
13 years experience Podiatry
Months: Tendons take roughly 3-4 weeks for the initial stages of healing, the swelling takes a few more weeks to subside and the rehab for finger motion at th ... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Niazi
38 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Thumb release: Varies but most of my patients report improvement at their first post-op visit at 1 week when the dressings come down and more so when the stitches co ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Steroids can work: Intraarticular injections of cortisone -like medication can help immensely if you have not had any success with oral antiinflammatory mediciation. I w ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
26 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Most light activities are initiated 2 weeks post-op, with lifting around 6 weeks. Progressed thereafter as tolerated. Many patients experience disco ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin answered
19 years experience Hand Surgery
2-3 months: Exercises can be started several days or several weeks after surgery. For the most part, the wrist becomes functional at 2-3 months following surgery. ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience Podiatry
Can't say...: Too much depends on exactly what procedure is performed - and if you are referring to surgical time or recovery time.
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