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Carpal tunnel surgery painful?

Carpal tunnel surgery painful?

Carpal Tunnel Surger: For most people this is not painful but recovery will vary according to work status (self employed versus workmen's compensation.). ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

When the medial nerve that travels through a small space in your wrist (called the carpal tunne) is injured, resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more


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How is carpal tunnel surgery performed?

How is carpal tunnel surgery performed?

By proper surgeon: Carpal tunnel syndrome, if appropriately diagnosed, shold be treated non-surgically if possible and then if surgery is needed, should be performed by a reputable surgeon trained and skilled in this surgery. An incision is made over the middle of the heels of the hand and wrist and down through a fibrous ligament to release pressure on the nerve. Ortho, neuro or plastic surgeons usually do this. ...Read more

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What is endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery?

What is endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery?

CTS Surgery: The endoscopic surgery is performed by a orthopedic surgeon who makes very small incisions in the wrist area and then use them to decompress the median nerve which is involved in cts. The down time is substantially less with this surgery. ...Read more

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Might carpal tunnel syndrome ever require surgery?

Might carpal tunnel syndrome ever require surgery?

Yes: Many patients can adequately treat symptoms of cts with simple, non-operative treatment. This might include night splints, nsaids, cortisone injection into carpal canal. If symptoms continue or progress, with incrasinain, weakness, or worsening numbness and tingling, surgery may be required. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel--medicine, accupressure, or surgery ?

Carpal tunnel--medicine, accupressure, or surgery ?

Depends: The answer depends on many factors, including the severity of symptoms, financial or insurance coverage, work conditions, worries about taking medication or having surgery, the underlying mechanism making symptoms, and more. You could try to boost your body's healing and avoid activities that worsen it. There is not much sense for immobilization of a joint unless you have a fracture. ...Read more

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After carple tunnel surgery is therpy needed?

After carple tunnel surgery is therpy needed?

Not usually: Most of my patients do very well after carpal tunnel surgery and recover rapidly. Therapy is rarely necessary. However, some of my older patients seem to benefit from a few weeks of therapy, especially those who develop significant postoperative swelling or stiffness. ...Read more

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How effective is carpal tunnel release surgery?

How effective is carpal tunnel release surgery?

Very high: The success rate of a carpal tunnel release is very high. Assuming a proper work-up and failed conservative therapy, you should do well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is radial tunnel syndrome surgery the same as tennis elbow surgery?

Is radial tunnel syndrome surgery the same as tennis elbow surgery?

Elbow surgery: No. Radial tunnel surgery involves decompressing the radial nerve at the forearm. Tennis elbow surgery involves debriding the extensor capri radialis brevis tendon inflamed origin. ...Read more

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How is carpal tunnel surgery done exactly?

Small incision...: The most common way is to numb the area up (usually with a regional block to make the who arm numb). A small incision is made near the wrist, and the band of connective tissue (flexor retinaculum) that is squeezing on the median nerve is opened up to release the nerve. The wound is then sewed up...And you're done! ...Read more

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Is pain normal after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Yes: It is normal to have pain at the site of the incision after carpal tunnel surgery for up to two weeks. After that it should be ivestegated. If your surgeon is not interested in helping you you should seek a second opinion soon. ...Read more

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Is hand swelling normal after carpal tunnel surgery?

Is hand swelling normal after carpal tunnel surgery?

Yes: Initially swelling would be normal. Elevating your hand and moving your fingers should help with this. After several weeks, there should not be hand swelling. Some wrist swelling at the incision site may be normal though for 6 weeks.. ...Read more

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Can carpal tunnel be fixed without a wrist operation?

Can carpal tunnel be fixed without a wrist operation?

It is possible to do: It without the surgery , if it is mild case, use night splint medication and avoid repetitive movement and if not getting better steroid injection.. ...Read more

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I'm having carpal and cubital tunnel surgery- will intubation be required for general anesthesia?

I'm having carpal and cubital tunnel surgery- will intubation be required for general anesthesia?

Not necessarily: This procedure can be done under local and sedation, or with a general anesthesia using either an endotracheal tube or a laryngeal mask airway. Discuss your options with your anesthesiologist and surgeon before surgery. ...Read more

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Is surgery the answer for carpal tunnel syndrome ?

Is surgery the answer for carpal tunnel syndrome ?

It can be: When the pain, numbness and tingling of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) can not be relieved with oral/injectable steroids, therapy and/or night splints, surgery is the only option. Open, mini-open and endoscopic techniques are available for treatment. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery to fix carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Is there a surgery to fix carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Yes, there is surgery that can be done called carpal tunnel release surgery. However, it is usually reserved until after more conservative measures have failed. If you are interested in surgery, you would need to see an orthopedic surgeon to discuss the details. ...Read more

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What are recommended exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

What are recommended exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

Keep fingers moving: Immediately after surgery it's important to keep your fingers moving with your wrist in a neutral position (not bent backward or foreward). Try doing this several times an hour while awake for the first 24 hours. Movements should be slow and full - fully extend the fingers straight and fully flex them into the palm, but without gripping tightly. ...Read more

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Is carpal tunnel release a painful procedure to do?

Is carpal tunnel release a painful procedure to do?

No: The band across the wrist (flexor retinaculum) is cut to release the median nerve in the tunnel created by the carpal bones and this tissue. It should not be unduly painful. ...Read more

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What will be the complications of carpal tunnel surgery?

What will be the complications of carpal tunnel surgery?

Hopefully nothing: This is fairly routine, superficial surgery and complications are rare. It is theoretically possible to cause damage to surrounding nerves or blood vessels in addition to usual risks (infection, poor wound healing, etc). ...Read more

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What helps carpal tunnel besides surgery?

What helps carpal tunnel besides surgery?

Several treatments: There are several treatment options other than surgery that can help. Only Splinting, steroids (both oral and injected) and anti inflammatories have demonstrated any consistent relief but it is often only temporary and not very effective beyond 2 months. This is usually effective for early and mild carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more