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Foothill Ranch, CA
A 55-year-old female asked:

I have severe carpal tunnel with severe base of thumb pain. was supposed to have surgery 3 yr ago. now hand numb 50% of time. will this be permanent ?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
Possibly: The longer you go with major symptoms, the less likely surgery will resolve the issue. The one guarantee is that surgery will prevent the symptoms from getting worse and that surgery will still likely lead to at least some improvement..
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Possibly: You appear to have two separate problems. First is the carpal tunnel syndrome. The longer you allow the nerve to be compressed the greater the potential of axonal injury and less potential for full recovery. With surgery you will see improvement but may not have full recovery. Pain at base of thumb most likely 1st metacarpal carpal joint arthritis. Seek care.
Last updated May 12, 2017

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