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Time off work after carpal tunnel surgery

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Sollender
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
A few days, maybe: A motivated patient in a light work environment (not construction labor) could return to work within a few days, and avoid using the operated hand. I... Read More
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Return to work: Studies show variable return to work times for self-employed versus workmen's compensation status as well as open versus limited (small incision or en... Read More
Dr. Randy Hauck
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on job: I have secretaries that often go right back to work. If your are running a jackhammer it will take 2 months or more. You can use your hand right away ... Read More

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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Carpal tunnel: If you are in true pain, you should talk to him and let him know that. It may be that he may suggest some other ways of treating your pain than taking... Read More
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
Carpal tunnel surger: Is typically not painful. Most patients use meds for a day or two and some no narcotic pain meds at all. Still all are different. I advise many to con... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Keep fingers moving: After any hand surgery it's important to keep the fingers moving. Make full fists and extend the fingers many times throughout the day. After a week o... Read More
Dr. Randy Hauck
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Just keep moving: No special excerises are necessary. Just be sure you keep your fingers and wrists moving to prevent stiffness.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Bronstein
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Slings: Typically it is more ideal to elevate s limb after surgery. Although a sling can be tightened, ultimately the wrist is still lower than the heart whi... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 47 years experience
Postop Carpal tun: Sounds like a possible neuropraxia of the median nerve or the recurrent branch to the thumb. Ask to see a hand surgeon to examine you as a second opin... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 25 years experience
Time: You need time, up to 6 month to recover. Pain, unfortunately , is part of recovering from surgery. Contact your surgeon and ask for pain medications.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
This is variable: Some have immediate return of sensation while some will take longer. Some will notice an improvement right away but still feel tingling and will descr... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: Recent research just published within the last few months does show an increased risk of developing trigger finger after carpal tunnel surgery. The bi... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Possibley: It can continue to have mild swelling indefinitely depending on how you have healed, how much scar tissue developed, how successful the surgery and ho... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 14 years experience
These are signs : Of nerve inflammation which is common after this type of injury. It should resolve in a few days but may even take weeks. Talk to your surgeon.