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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)

The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones, tissues, and ligaments of the wrist. This tunnel exists to protect the median nerve, which controls sensations and movement to the thumb and fingers (not including the little finger). Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel is inflamed and swollen, which pinches the median nerve and results in feelings of numbness, decreased grip strength, and muscle ...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?

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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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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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