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Carpal Tunnel Surgery Aftercare
Usually none: Carpal tunnel surgery is often a very effective and safe procedure especially when performed by highly experienced hand surgeons. There is always the risk of an incomplete release or recurrent symptoms due to scar tissue and other issues. These risks can be minimized by using certain precautions and techniques. Most patients resume their work activity without difficulty.See 3 more doctor answers
None: There are tendon and nerve gliding exercises that have been described. I have not found these very effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. You can try doing exercises for a period of one month to 6 weeks. If you're carpal tunnel symptoms are not resolved I would consider surgery.See 1 more doctor answer
Time: You need time, up to 6 month to recover. Pain, unfortunately, is part of recovering from surgery. Contact your surgeon and ask for pain medications.See 2 more doctor answers
Speak to surgeon: Understand the risks & benefits, make sure you understand the alternatives to surgery, get your questions even the ones you don't think are important answered before the surgery, make sure you provide a full medical history. Understand the post operative protocol http://jeffreywintmd. Blogspot. Com/2014/09/informed-patient-tutorial-carpal-tunnel. Html here is a good start but ask your surgeon.See 3 more doctor answers
Constant symptoms: Once symptoms have been constant for 6 months, it's hard to resolve them with non-operative treatment. Loss of muscle bulk in the thumb or complete loss of sensation in the digits is an indication for operative treatment. Oral/injectable steroids, splints and or therapy are used to treat symptoms. If symptoms continue after these treatments, surgery is indicated.See 4 more doctor answers
Just slow down: For most patients, they are able to gradually resume most normal activities around 6 weeks after surgery. Most do not require occupational therapy on the hand. However, ot can be helpful if the recovery is slow. Your hand will be sore and possibly swollen for the first few weeks. Fortunately, most patients have a very good outcome.See 2 more doctor answers
One or two or three: Usually surgery is performed by one surgeon without an assistant except in training programs where a resident or fellow may be present. Depending on the method of anesthesia a doctor to provide anesthesia may also be present as the surgery can be done with local anesthesia alone, with sedation administered by the surgeon or by an anesthesiologist or under general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist.See 3 more doctor answers
Minimally invasive: Contrary to open surgery endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery utilizes very small incisions and endoscopes (cameras) to visualize the transverse carpal ligament that gets transacted. Advantages include earlier return to work and activities since the wounds heal quickly and the sensitive palmar fascia is traditionally not transected.See 3 more doctor answers
Usually: Carpal tunnel surgery can be performed successfully with general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, or local anesthesia. It's important the patient be pain free thru out the procedure. A discussion with your hand surgeon and the anasthesiologist should help you with the decision.See 4 more doctor answers
Depends: If the carpal tunnel syndrome is severe you may need surgery regardless in order to prevent n. Damage. If the problem is not severe the inflammation can be treated first while the carpal tunnel is treated. Options for carpal tunnel include splints, injections, surgery. None of these are a guaranteed permanent cure. It can recur due to inflammation, scar tissue after surgery, worsening arthriti.
Worried about having a second carpal tunnel surgery, is there any more I can do in pt to prevent?
Depends on symptoms: Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) should eliminate night pain, numbness and tingling associated with cts. These symptoms may not have improved since surgery, due to severe and/or long standing cts may take a long time to resolve. The transverse carpal ligament was incompletely incisied, the nerve was injured or has become scarred. Also consider diabetes or cervical nerve compression.See 2 more doctor answers
I had carpal tunnel surgery 4wks ago and I've been getting periodical pain in it like someone is stabbing me is this normal?
Maybe, maybe not: Post operative pain after carpal tunnel surgery is common. However, you describe something that may be more than the usual pilar pain associated with scar. Injury to the nerve is a complication of carpal tunnel surgery (higher with endoscopic, although still a safe surgery) which can result in symptoms with shooting electrical pain. See your surgeon for a post-op evaluation.See 2 more doctor answers
My husband is having carpal tunnel surgery this week. He wants to take a two hour road trip the day after surgery. Is that advisable?
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