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does numbness after hand surgery go away?

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Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: It depends on how severe the numbness was before surgery and for how long you had your symptoms. If your surgery was to repair a cut nerve, it can sometimes take 12-18 months for sensation to return and it may not be 100%. If surgery was done because your nerve is under pressure (as in carpal tunnel syndrome), the numbness may resolve quickly if your symptoms were not too constant or chronic.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Agree it is variable Here is another explanation http://www.handctr.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html
Dec 26, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Dec 26, 2012
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Dr. Zahid Niazi commented
Cosmetic Surgery 39 years experience
Agree with Dr Shieu. As a rule of thumb-nerve re growth and the functional return are linked. Nerves re grow/recover at approximately a millimeter per day so generally a Carpal tunnel release (wrist) patient may expect recovery to take 4-6 months and a Cubital tunnel release (elbow) patient can expect recovery to take a year. Some patients may recover earlier or have limited recovery.
Jul 25, 2014
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
It should unless...: The surgery is to repair a nerve. Even in this case the numbness should eventually improve as the nerve re-grows (takes about a month for the nerve regrowth process to "rev up" and then the nerve regrows at the rate of 1 inch/month. Any other surgery should not be associated with long term numbness, but temporary numbness can occur with many different hand surgery procedures.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Dec 26, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
For most: It all is based upon where you start from and how healthy you are and timing. I like to use the water hose analogy. If you run your car over your garden hose for an hour the hose stops and the plants dont get watered. For a few days they may wither but they and the hose will do ok after. If your car is parked on the hose for months, the hose doesnt work well after and the p;lants may not recover.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Provided original answer
Dec 26, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Provided original answer
Dec 26, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Resolution of: Numbness after hand surgery such as carpal tunnel release is dependent upon many factors but the primary issue is what the nerve was like before the surgery. The more severe the preoperative symptoms, the more severe the nerve compression as shown on nerve studies and EMG and the more time that the severe compression has been there all limit recovery. However putting off surgery for fear is bad 2.
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 49 years experience
That depends upon the cause of the numbness and how long it was present before surgery.
Dec 28, 2013

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