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A 38-year-old member asked:

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

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
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.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Ask your surgeon!: When i perform carpal tunnel releases, wether open or endoscopic, I have the patients remove their bandages 2-3 days after surgery. There is no reason for prolonged immobilization after surgery and you can begin using the hand as soon as you feel comfortable. Follow your surgeon's instructions and call the office if you have questions or concerns.
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shinanswered
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
3-4 days: The earliest time is generally 3-4 days after surgery once the wound has epithelialized. It is not unusual to keep dressings in place until 10-14 days, however.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
29 years experience
Ask your Dr.: In general, after 7-10 days. However, surgeons have different practices so touch base with your surgeon.

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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.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the new method of carpal tunnel release surgery?

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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.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Need data on the effectiveness of carpal tunnel release surgery?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Very effective: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very effective treatment for people with carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). Failures are usually do to incorrect diagnosis, such as cervical radiculopathy or diabetes, or incomplete surgical release of the transverse carpal ligament. When the right surgery is done for the right reason, the results are excellent. Try the hand society web site assh.Org for more details.

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