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How long could it take to recover from carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel surgery?

How long could it take to recover from carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel surgery?

Depends on severity: Somewhat different for the two. Carpal tunnel involving the median nerve at the wrist has a very quick recovery with many people feeling better immediately after surgery and returning to work sometimes in the same week or at most 3 or 4 weeks later. Cubital tunnel is very different involving the ulnar nerve at the elbow and sometimes requiring transposition of the nerve. Recovery is longer. ...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 long are most people off work from carpal and cubital tunnel surgery?

How long are most people off work from carpal and cubital tunnel surgery?

2weeks: Typically longer for cubital tunnel. Weight restrictions x 4 weeks. Recovery is faster with endoscopic treatment. ...Read more

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How long will it take for carpal tunnel surgery to feel i just had ir done on 9/6/20013?

How long will it take for carpal tunnel surgery to feel i just had ir done on 9/6/20013?

6 weeks: 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. ...Read more

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How long does it generally take your hand to heal after carpal tunnel surgery?

How long does it generally take your hand to heal after carpal 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 more

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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?

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?

Varies: If your carpal tunnel is severe I would bet you cannot use your hands now...... Recovery varies, but fine motor is pretty good right away progressing to full strength after a few weeks. ...Read more

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Had tennis elbow and cubital tunnel surgery this morning about 9a with nerve block, my arm is just as numb as when i left center, should i be concern?

Had tennis elbow and cubital tunnel surgery this morning about 9a with nerve block, my arm is just as numb as when i left center,  should i be concern?

No: These nerve blocks can last for a few days on occasion. It may actually be saving you a lot of agony at the moment. You should start to regain sensation and pain in the next 24 hours. ...Read more

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How long should I wait til I have carpal tunnel surgery?

How long should I wait til I have carpal tunnel surgery?

Severity: It depends on the severity of your symptoms and functional abilities. If atrophy has set it or you are not capable of completing daily activities without simple modifications it may be time to seek relief. ...Read more

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When can I take the bandages off after carpal tunnel release surgery?

When can I take the bandages off after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Ask your surgeon!: When i perform carpal tunnel releases, wether open or endoscopic, I have the patients remove their bandages 2-3 days after surgery. There is no reason for prolonged immobilization after surgery and you can begin using the hand as soon as you feel comfortable. Follow your surgeon's instructions and call the office if you have questions or concerns. ...Read more

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How long after having carpal tunnel release surgery will i be able to type?

How long after having carpal tunnel release surgery will i be able to type?

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 more

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What are the long term effects of carpal tunnel surgery?

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. ...Read more

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I need to have surgery on both wrist for carpal tunnel, how long for healing and is there any negitive effects?

I need to have surgery on both wrist for carpal tunnel, how long for healing and is there any negitive effects?

Go endoscopic: Recovery time is usually quicker with endoscopic release. Risks of open or endoscopic include nerve, tendon, artery injury and infection. Make sure your surgeon is experienced at ctr surgery for quickest recovery. ...Read more

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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?

Not unreasonable: He should not be driving if he is taking narcotic pain medicine but carpal tunnel surgery does not usually result in much pain. If he keeps that hand elevated and just keeps the fingers moving he should do fine in the car. ...Read more

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My husband is having carpal tunnel surgery this week. He wants to take a two hour road trip the day after surgery. Is this advisable?

My husband is having carpal tunnel surgery this week.  He wants to take a two hour road trip the day after surgery.  Is this advisable?

Not advisable: Although carpal tunnel surgery is an out-patient procedure, i would not advise traveling the next day for pleasure. I would suggest waiting a few weeks to ensure that there are no problems. I think this will allow you to have a more enjoyable trip. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery july 30th.Still lots of pain&running out of meds. How much longer wil this pain last?Scared to ask for more:( had 40 4xday

I had carpal tunnel surgery july 30th.Still lots of pain&running out of meds. How much longer wil this pain last?Scared to ask for more:( had 40 4xday

Very worrisome: You are very young to have carpal tunnel syndrome. Failure to get any relief is very worrisome. This could be for several reasons. These include an incomplete release of the tunnel, possible injury to the nerve, or maybe you don't have carpal tunnel. You might want to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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For carpal tunnel surgery, how long before returning to manual labour job?

For carpal tunnel surgery, how long before returning to manual labour job?

return to work: Postop recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome varies depending on the type of procedure performed. Studies demonstrate endoscopic carpal tall leads to quicker return to work. However each surgeon will set the postop protocols for their patient. Speak to your specific surgeon about their recommendations. At most it can be six weeks to as little as 1 to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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