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Doctor insights on: How Long Could It Take To Recover From Carpal Tunnel And Cubital Tunnel Surgery

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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)

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 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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What are good exercises to recover from carpal tunnel surgery?

What are good exercises to recover from carpal tunnel surgery?

Move fingers: The most important excerise is to move your fingers. Make a tight fist hold it for 5 seconds and then bring your fingers all the way straight and hold it for 5 seconds. Typically no strengthening excersises are required your strength will return as the sorness resolves. ...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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