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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

When the medial nerve that travels through a small space in your wrist (called the carpal tunne) is injured, resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more


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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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How long does it take to recover from wrist fracture operation?

How long does it take to recover from wrist fracture operation?

Wrist operation.: This depends on your health and the specific bone as well as the reduction achieved. In optimal conditions this is 6-8 weeks but it can take significantly longer in the range of 14 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from exertional compartment syndrome surgery?

How long does it take to recover from exertional compartment syndrome surgery?

Depnds on swel/pain: This is exercised induced compartment syn. Most people stop due 2 pain, and rest. It goes away fairly soon. If bad poeple go 2 their ortho guy and get worked up & can have a prophylactic compartment releas with minimal incisions, as compared 2 knee 2 ankle 4 severe compt syn. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from thumb release surgery?

How long does it take to recover from thumb release surgery?

Thumb release: Varies but most of my patients report improvement at their first post-op visit at 1 week when the dressings come down and more so when the stitches come out at 2 weeks postoperative. On average, if they have had a work note filled, then they are back to work between 2 - 4 weeks. ...Read more

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How long could it take to recover from knee arthroscopy?

How long could it take to recover from knee arthroscopy?

It depends: It depends on what type of arthroscopy. Generally, simple clean-up and menisectomies take 3-6 weeks for full recovery, meniscal repairs take 3-6 months, and ligament reconstructions take 6-12 months. It is important to discuss your specific condition/procedure with your surgeon to better define your recovery. You may be able to do certain things very quickly, while other activities take longer. ...Read more

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How long could it take to recover from back surgery?

How long could it take to recover from back surgery?

Depends on type : Fusion , micro disectomiies all vary widely 6weeks forcall surgery 6 months toayear for fusions. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from surgery for Achilles tendonitis?

How long does it take to recover from surgery for Achilles tendonitis?

Varies: Recovery from achilles injuries or tendonitis is often very gradual. After a simple debridement surgery , it may take 6 weeks to return to normal activities of daily living (adls) and 3 months to return to athletic activity. The lengthiest return is from an achilles rupture repair. Recovery is often 3 months to get back to normal adls and 9=15 months to get back to athletic activities. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from an elbow injury without surgery?

How long does it take to recover from an elbow injury without surgery?

Depends.: Depends on what the problem is. Only a matter of weeks if its something like tendinitis. Or, it can take months if there is something more serious going on with the joint. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from surgery due to a broken medial malleolus?

How long does it take to recover from surgery due to a broken medial malleolus?

This depends.....: This depends on the severity of the injury not just to the bone but also to the soft tissues and associated joint. After bone healing has occured you may still have some joint swelling and pain. Return to full activity may take a number of months. ...Read more

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How long would it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?

How long would it take to recover from rotator cuff surgery?

6 mo: Having had 5 cuff surgeries i can tell u it is long & hard. After immobilization and starting pt the next day u r stiff sore & weak. I think it is easily 6 mo or more, up 2 a year sometimes 2 ur end of rehab, and ur not back 2 ur normal self as far as activities r concerned. Listen 2 ur ortho, pt, work hard on ur hep, and b patient but persistant. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from neuropraxia due to a dislocated knee?

How long does it take to recover from neuropraxia due to a dislocated knee?

As much as 18 months: Neuropraxia's are stretch injuries to the nerve. The nerves can slowly regenerate and probably by 18 months your are maximized. You need to be followed by your orthopedist and if they recommend a neurologic workup you may get ncv/emg studies done to assess the nerve function. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in general?

6-12 weeks: The time it takes to recover varies considerably depending on the person and the actual procedures done during the surgery. Arthroscopic surgery can be a simple bone spur removal or an extensive repair of a massive rotator cuff tear. In generally people are pretty sore for 2-3 weeks requiring narcotic pain meds. Most are in a sling for 6 weeks and require physical therapy 2x/week for 4-8 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from spine surgery?

Varies: It varies tremendously. Some of the minimally invasive surgeries that we do have little if any down time. Other, much more extensive spinal surgeries may have recoveries that extend to several months. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a pinched nerve in neck?

How long does it take to recover from a pinched nerve in neck?

Variable: It depends on the cause of the pain. When inflammation and swelling in the spinal canal decreases, the symptoms improve. If it has been there for over 3 months, it becomes chronic pain so you should consult a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from elbow bursitis?

How long does it take to recover from elbow bursitis?

See details: As long as it is not infected, if the bursa is aspirated and injected with cortisone the recovery is very fast. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a hand surgery?

How long does it take to recover from a  hand surgery?

Hand surgery: This is a complex question. Recovery depends on the surgery and the problem. Hand fractures require approximately 6 weeks for recovery. Tendons may require longer. Also comorbidities such as diabetes, etc prolong healing time ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from claw toe operations?

How long does it take to recover from claw toe operations?

Varies: Ask your surgeon. Typically patients are immobilized in a fracture boot for up to 6 wks and may be kept non or partial weight bearing. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a maltracking surgery?

How long does it take to recover from a maltracking surgery?

Depends: How rapidly one recovers from mal-tracking surgery depends on the method employed to correct the mal-tracking. Arthroscopic lateral release will take anywhere from 6-10 weeks for full recovery. Tibial tubercle osteotomy will easily take twice that long. Vmo advancement and medial capsular plication will take about 12 weeks for recovery. ...Read more

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

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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?

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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I had keyhole carpal tunnel surgery july 30th and am having a lot of pain still. Im running out of meds. How much longer will this pain last :( ?

I had keyhole carpal tunnel surgery july 30th and am having a lot of pain still. Im running out of meds. How much longer will this pain last :( ?

Talk to your surgeon: A lot depends upo n what "the problems are common issues hand pain due to something else not normal sensation failure to understand limits in recovery poor communication regarding time to "heal" most dont need pain meds a few days later and it is ok to transition away from them for most. ...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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How long after carpal tunnel surgery will my fingers remind numb?

How long after carpal tunnel surgery will my fingers remind numb?

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

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How long do you wait to do the other hand for carpal tunnel surgery?

How long do you wait to do the other hand for carpal tunnel surgery?

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 more

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