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How Does A Doctor Bandage Your Hand After Carpel Tunnel Surgery
It depends...: In my practice, i allow patients to return to routine activities of daily living the same day of surgery. I encourage typing and light gripping immediately. The bandage is removed after a week, at which time the incision could be washed normally and dressed with a bandaid (avoiding submersion for total of 3 weeks). Load bearing and heavy gripping (manual labor) is resumed usually after 4 weeks. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Sorry to say but it : Varies, depending upon the sfot tissuem the extent of the bone injury , circulation , other associated items suchas tendon or nerve inure. It easy to say 6 weeks- 8 weeks for an uncomplicated scenaria and 3-4 months for more complex issues and injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I do not know: It is up to him to decide what the proper time for it. ...Read more
I : I always tell patients that the time to healing is variable in that no two patients are exactly the same. However typically you can go back to light activites within a few days to a few weeks and heavy activity in 4-6 weeks. Of course this is job and activity dependent. If you are a sedentary office worker its a lot different than a plumber or machinist. General health also affects return to function. If you have diabetes, are a smoker or have fibromyalgia or an inflammatory condition you may have an extended time period. Healing means different things to people. Some take it to imply return to activity others return of normal sensation. I take time to clarify these two questions before surgery. Will my sensation come back or be normal after surgery? While the goal of carpal tunnel surgery is to relieve the pressure on the nerve not everyone will respond the same to surgery some patients will have immediate return of sensation while some will take longer. Some will notice an improvement right away but still feel tingling and will describe this as "numb" the return of sensation is dependent on many factors including age, general health, duration of symptoms, circulation and the actual mechanical severity of compression. In very severe cases while decompressing the nerve stops the carpal tunnel syndrome from getting worse, full recovery of sensation may not be possible. Often this is seen in patients who have muscle wasting noted prior to surgery and in those with longstanding complete numbness and elevated two-point discrimination. Of course there are many in these categories that improve despite having very severe cases. Having a severe case where you are not sure if you'd have full recovery is not a reason to put off surgery, as progression is likely if nothing is done. How about my strength? This is a very difficult question as there are many reasons why a hand with carpal tunnel may not feel as strong. It may be that the decreased sensation in the fingers prevents someone from knowing how tight to hold and object and that object is dropped more easily. With return of sensation or even a slight improvement in sensation, dropping objects becomes less of a problem. Some severe cases of carpal tunnel can be associated with atrophy in the muscles of the hand. In some severe cases, this muscle will never fully recover. However despite loss of muscle, function can still be preserved. In very severe cases a suregon may recommend a tendon or muscle transfer to improve function. So the short answer is its variabole, the long answer above. The best thing is to ask your surgeon what to expect. This answer is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. ...Read more
2 weeks: I tend to stage the surgery 2 weeks apart and typically recommend that the dominant hand go first unless there is a severe difference in the non dominant hand. This gives enough time to allow full function in most adl activity when people ask whether they can have surgery on both hands together i typically remind them about the bathroom! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hello, I need surgery on both wrists because of severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. How long will it take after surgery before I can use my hand again?
Depends on surgery: This can depend on the surgery (an open procedure or a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure). I perform a specific type of endoscopic procedure and patients can type as early as the same day but usually wait until the next day. I have had staff start work as early as 2 days after having bilateral carpal tunnel releases. With the open procedure you may have to wait several more days / wks. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
When bracing for carpal tunnel syndrome, how long and how much/little improvement is expected before deciding on steroid shots or surgery?
Unknown: There are no good solutions for your problem. CTS sometimes gets better or worse despite any treatment. Slightly less that 50% of all patients having surgery have less than optimal results in the short and long term. See what works for you. Personally, I would keep surgery as a very last option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long after an open carpal tunnel release on the non dominant hand could sometime return to a job that does not require extensive use of the hand?
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