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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is pain normal after carpal tunnel release surgery?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Mass
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Yes: It is normal to have pain at the site of the incision after carpal tunnel surgery for up to two weeks. After that it should be ivestegated. If your surgeon is not interested in helping you you should seek a second opinion soon.
Dr. Daniel Mass
Dr. Daniel Mass commented
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Pain at the incision is called pillar pain. If your numbness has resolved, this incision pain will most likely resolve with time. Hand therapy can help.
Mar 26, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
Some: While typically everyone in surgery gets a prescription for pain medicine, most state that they did not need it or used it minimally. Many get by with tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil, alleve or a similar over the counter medication. Others feel the need to take pain medication for a few days everyone will not respond to surgery the same http://www.Handctr.Com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.Html.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
29 years experience
Yes: It takes some time to heal after surgery. Take it easy and you should heal up soon.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

When can I take the bandages off after carpal tunnel release surgery?

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Dr. Mark Einbecker
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
About a week: I usually have the patient back in the office in 8 days to remove a soft dressing.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What kind of pain medications are given after open carpal tunnel release surgery?

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Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shinanswered
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Narcotic meds.: Narcotic medications are often helpful during the first 24-48 hours to recover from the acute pain symptoms following carpal tunnel surgery. Afterwards, over-the-counter medications like tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen are generally acceptable and sufficient for pain relief.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the new method of carpal tunnel release surgery?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Endoscopic: While it is not new (been around for 20 years), a small incision is made and the surgery is done through a "micro" incision.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the success rate of having a carpal tunnel release surgery?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
CTR: Depends how severe the median nerve is compressed prior to the surgery. Check that with emgncs. The more severe the cts, the more residual numbness and tingling will remain. Generally, a great procedure to lessen pain, numbness, and tingling.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What exactly is carpal tunnel release surgery?|

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Details follow: Carpal tunnel release surgery involves making an incision in the palm and using the incision (either using an endoscope or a microscope) to cut the over-grown ligament (transverse ligament) that runs across the wrist and is compressing the median nerve. With this surgery 80+% of people have substantial improvement of their symptoms.

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