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A 34-year-old member asked:

I had carpal tunnel surgery. is it possible to get carpal tunnel again in the same hand?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shinanswered
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Yes, recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome is not particularly common, but the condition can return, usually after many years.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: You may have to also give up inciting activity.Can also be from different cause.
Dr. Randy Hauck
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Unlikely however. Most problems that occur after carpal tunnel surgery are due to another problem. If you have the same symptoms as before surgery, i.e. Numbness, then you may be developing it again but this is very unusual. If the numbness never went away after the surgery, you may have had an incomplete release. Go back to your surgeon and explain what is going on.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
It is a rare thing: Often recurrence years later is confused for some that never got fully better due to advanced disease or intrinsic nerve issues or other pains and aches such as arthritis or just a little nerve irriation form another source with overlapping nerve anatomy. But it can happen althoug when ive sen this it is usually in the high demand hand , tough hard jobs, not office workers or sedentary ones.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
29 years experience
Rarely : It is not common to develop recurrent cts after surgery. It does happen rarely. One exception is dialysis patients. These patients do develop recurrent cts more frequently.

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A member asked:

How long do you wait to do the other hand for carpal tunnel surgery?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Baker
Neurology 15 years experience
Cts: 6 weeks...Or until you can carry 20 lbs with the operated hand...
Last updated Jan 12, 2020


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