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time off work after carpal tunnel surgery

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Sollender
32 years experience Hand Surgery
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
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Dr. Otto Placik
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
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
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Dr. Randy Hauck
39 years experience Hand Surgery
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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Absolutely. : Absolutely. The recovery from the surgery is relative rapid. The incision heals in a matter of a couple weeks, and pain from surgery is nearly resolve ... Read More
Dr. Todd Guyette
Specializes in Hand Surgery
No career change: Carpal tunnel surgery permanently changes the anatomy of the carpal tunnel so reoccurrent symptoms, even if returning to the same job, is unusual. ... Read More
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
EXPECT to return: Expect to return to your previous activity fully having carpal tunnel or needing carpal tunnel surgery is not a reason to expect a change in job or ot ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
40 years experience Geriatrics
Easy: It is one of the simples surgeries in the world. Takes few minutes just to grab scissor and cut the band of fibrous tissue that is pressing the media ... Read More
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Dr. Otto Placik
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Release carpal lig: It essentially involves cutting or releasing the transverse carpal ligament and can be done using a variety of approaches.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
22 years experience Plastic Surgery
Release of pressure: The surgery opens the roof of the carpal tunnel to take pressure off the nerve.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Huang
20 years experience Hand Surgery
Depends on help: It depends on how much help you have at home. Some patients prefer going through one recovery and having both done at the same time. However, the dres ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
23 years experience Family Medicine
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
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
21 years experience Neurosurgery
A sore palm: If you are having open carpal tunnel release, you will likely have a sore , painful palm for 2-4 weeks. Thereafter you will steadily recover and ret ... Read More
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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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Henley
20 years experience Hand Surgery
Keep fingers moving: Immediately after surgery it's important to keep your fingers moving with your wrist in a neutral position (not bent backward or foreward). Try doing ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Bronstein
36 years experience Hand Surgery
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
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Boris Aronzon
24 years experience Anesthesiology
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.
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