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How does a doctor bandage your hand after carpel tunnel surgery?

How does a doctor bandage your hand after carpel tunnel surgery?

Different strokes...: For different hand surgeons. Some splint for a few days. I just use a soft wrap around the butt of the hand for 48 hrs. Then it can be removed and the hand washed normally. Stitches are removed at 10-14 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

A medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness, and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more


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How will the hand be bandaged after carpel tunnel surgery?

How will the hand be bandaged after carpel tunnel surgery?

Depends: Some surgeons apply a splint for several weeks while others just wrap with gauze for a few days. No evidence that one is better than the other. ...Read more

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Why does my hand still bother me after carpel tunnel surgery?

Why does my hand still bother me after carpel tunnel surgery?

Bother you how: There is typically some surgical pain after carpal tunnel surgery. Also, recovery can be variable and is often dependent on the duration and severity of the symptoms that you had prior to surgery. If the symptoms persist after several months then check back in with your surgeon. ...Read more

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After carpel tunnel surgery i fell on it open handed. X-rays show no broken bones, but it is so painful, even 3 weeks after the fall. What could it be?

After carpel tunnel surgery i fell on it open handed. X-rays show no broken bones, but it is so painful, even 3 weeks after the fall. What could it be?

Reinjured surg. site: Falling on your rsurgical incision area can be painful, even weeks after surgery depending on the nature of your fall, and how hard you landed on your hand(s). Speak to your doctor for pain management. Get a 2nd opinion from a do, who can also treat you osteopathically, post trauma to remove some of the vector forces that's still at play from the fall, and have that corrected. May decrease pain. ...Read more

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My doctor does not want me to do pt following my open carpel tunnel surgery- why?

My doctor does not want me to do pt following my open carpel tunnel surgery- why?

Heal first: I usually recommend allowing the hand to heal first. Occasionally, i will send a patient to occupational therapy 6 weeks after surgery if they are having any persistent pain or problems. Most folks do not need it. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands. I am in my 8th week recovering. I still feel very sore at the base of my hand. Is this normal?

Endoscopic or open?: It depends. If you had the traditional open decompression, then that is normal. On average, it takes 3 to 6 months to fully heal. If you had it done endoscopically like I do it, with no incision on the hand, then most are fully back to work without restrictions within a few days, and fully healed in a few weeks. So in short, it depends mostly on who did your surgery, and how it was done. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery, will the hair on my hand look darker after the splint is removed or will it be the same because I have some black hairs.

I had carpal tunnel surgery, will the hair on my hand look darker after the splint is removed or will it be the same because I have some black hairs.

Shouldn't be problem: Usually we only see hair color change after a longer period of cast immobilization not a shorter term use of a splint. If you do get some hairs that are darker they will return to their normal color over time ...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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I had endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery a week ago. The base of my hand still feels hard and a little numb, is this normal?

I had endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery a week ago.  The base of my hand still feels hard and a little numb, is this normal?

Yes: Swelling and stiffness us common after endoscopic carpal tunnel release and it can take a little time to resolve. Numbness can take quite a while to resolve, especially if the nerve damage was more severe before surgery. Sometimes, some of the numbness does not completely resolve, other times it can take 6-12 months to resolve. ...Read more

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Had carpal tunnel surgery have have sharp electrical shocks run through hand and feel like it wants to shoot out my fingers?

After carpal tunnel: Midl pain may be a sign of normal healing (we all go at different pace), pillar pain, pain from joints adjacent to the carpal tunnel, another source such as a trigger finger, scar sensitivity, swelling from overdoing it too soon, and the lsit goes on. Often nerve pain goes away but in more severe cases, alterd sensation may linger and shocks can be associated a recovering nerve, BUT ask UR DOCTOR! ...Read more

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I just had carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand and the surgical site has reopened. It's draining and it's very painful to touch. Is this staph?

Wound infection: Can't tell if it's staph without a culture, but it's likely a wound infection. You need to contact your surgeon or be evaluated at an Urgent Care. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery in September.then trigger finger rite after.now have a hard spot at carpal tunnel sight.doc says scar tissue don't thinkso?

I had carpal tunnel surgery in September.then trigger finger rite after.now have a hard spot at carpal tunnel sight.doc says scar tissue don't thinkso?

Carpal tunnel: Ask to work with an occupational therapist. They have multiple ways of regainingmotion of fingers and hand as well as reducing scar formation which sometimes can be quite pronounced ...Read more

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Is pain in the palm of my hand and my pinky normal after carpal tunnel surgery about 3 weeks post op?

Is pain in the palm of my hand and my pinky normal after carpal tunnel surgery about 3 weeks post op?

Could be: The pinky finger, not so much, but the palm, especially the middle of the palm, yes. In fact, different sensations could occur. There could be an aching or tightness, or a feeling of pins and needles or an electrical feeling there. What does it feel like? It may be that it improves over time. The nerves will continue to heal now that they are not being compressed. ...Read more

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What could be cause of jolts of pain down fingers when hand gets cold. Have recently had carpal tunnel surgery.?

Nerves waking up: It could be several things, but its not unusual to have a flare up of pain after cts as sensation returns. It can also be caused by scar, post-operative inflammation, and over use. Try ice and anti-inflammatories like Aleve (naproxen) or advil. If it persists, a short course of supervised therapy may help, including de-sensitization exercises like working your handa dn fingers in a pot of dried beans. ...Read more

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Post carpal tunnel surgery, can a follow-up nerve conduction study (ncs) have adverse effects or make the hand worse. Can ncs lead to complex regional pain syndrome?

Post carpal tunnel surgery, can a follow-up nerve conduction study (ncs) have adverse effects or make the hand worse. Can ncs lead to complex regional pain syndrome?

Not really ; Ditto: Although I am not sure why a follow-up nerve conduction study would be necessary there is little chance that could cause any type of harm or worsening of symptoms. I am unaware of any literature that supports the notion of complex regional pain syndrome as a result of a nerve conduction study. ...Read more

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1 inch incision on hand for carpal tunnel surgery surgery how long before pain free i'm a c n a?

1 inch incision on hand for carpal tunnel surgery surgery how long before pain free i'm a c n a?

A couple of weeks: It takes about 2 weeks for the wound to heal. Once it does, the soreness should be minimal. It's not uncommon to have some palm and wrist pain after surgery. Most work activities will be tolerable by 3 weeks. Heavy lifting or other activities may take up to 6 weeks to perform. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Carpal Tunnel Surgery (Definition)

Carpal tunnel is when the median nerve gets pinched at the level of the wrist. This "pinching" is done by the transverse carpal ligament which is longitudinally split during surgery. This can be ...Read more