A 24-year-old member asked:
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i had carpal tunnel release operation 8 weeks ago, but i am still in considerable pain. is this normal?

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Dr. Todd Sisto
36 years experience Breast Surgery
Pain with pushing : The palm ahaist surfaces, called pillar pain is common and can take 2/3 of a year to go away. Pain at rest could be due to inadequate release or may be first sign of infection. Rarely, complex regional pain syndrome.
Answered on Apr 25, 2015
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Dr. Michael Raemisch
23 years experience Hand Surgery
Not usually: At 8 weeks, a little pain- usually with grip or push - is common. But there should not be a lot of pain. Several problems could be the cause of bad pains at 8 weeks after carpal tunnel surgery. Be sure to have your doctor look at it.
Answered on Sep 23, 2016
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Dr. Robert Coats II
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No: Typically severe pain is limited to the first few days to weeks after a carpal tunnel release. After 8 weeks, i would expect your hand to feel quite good. If you are still having pain, you need to see your surgeon. Perhaps the nerve is damaged or irritated. You may have developed scar tissue around the nerve or had an incomplete release. There may also be a problem with the nerve near the neck.
Answered on Apr 21, 2013
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Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin answered
19 years experience Hand Surgery
It can be...: Most patients have discomfort around the incisional site for 2-3 months after surgery. However, i would consult with your operating surgeon to confirm that your wounds are healing well.
Answered on Sep 25, 2013
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