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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

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 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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1 inch incision on hand for carpal tunnel surgery surgery how long before pain free I'm a c n a?

1 inch incision on hand for carpal tunnel surgery surgery how long before pain free I'm a c n a?

A couple of weeks: It takes about 2 weeks for the wound to heal. Once it does, the soreness should be minimal. It's not uncommon to have some palm and wrist pain after surgery. Most work activities will be tolerable by 3 weeks. Heavy lifting or other activities may take up to 6 weeks to perform. ...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'm experiencing acute pain 13 days after carpal tunnel surgery in my left hand. I'm wondering if I should go get it checked? Appearance is normal.

I'm experiencing acute pain 13 days after carpal tunnel surgery in my left hand. I'm wondering if I should go get it checked? Appearance is normal.

Pain hand: Acute pain, yes there can be an infection or another issue, call your doctor. Other things such as arthritis at th base of the thumb, or irritation from prolonged dependency on splints may be suspect as well. By speaking to your surgeon directly they can determine if anything else needs to be done. Often this can simply be a phone call but you must call to start the evaluation process ...Read more

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Is pain in the palm of my hand and my pinky normal after carpal tunnel surgery about 3 weeks post op?

Is pain in the palm of my hand and my pinky normal after carpal tunnel surgery about 3 weeks post op?

Could be: The pinky finger, not so much, but the palm, especially the middle of the palm, yes. In fact, different sensations could occur. There could be an aching or tightness, or a feeling of pins and needles or an electrical feeling there.

What does it feel like?

It may be that it improves over time. The nerves will continue to heal now that they are not being compressed. ...Read more

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Should my hand still swell after having carpal tunnel surgery 7wks ago?

Should my hand still swell after having carpal tunnel surgery 7wks ago?

Swelling: Swelling can last up to a year post-operative from any surgery, but should slowly decrease with time as recovery is different for every person. See your surgeon for verification. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery. Is it possible to get carpal tunnel again in the same hand?

I had carpal tunnel surgery. Is it possible to get carpal tunnel again in the same hand?

Yes: Yes, recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome is not particularly common, but the condition can return, usually after many years. ...Read more

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I have a dull pain on the top of my hand. I have had carpal tunnel surgery 2 years ago bu this pain is different and quite painful?

I have a dull pain on the top of my hand. I have had carpal tunnel surgery 2 years ago bu this pain is different and quite painful?

Extensor hand pain: This 'new' pain is on back of hand, extensor surface and is NOT related to Carpal Tunnel Surgery. See your hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What could be cause of jolts of pain down fingers when hand gets cold. Have recently had carpal tunnel surgery.?

Nerves waking up: It could be several things, but its not unusual to have a flare up of pain after cts as sensation returns. It can also be caused by scar, post-operative inflammation, and over use. Try ice and anti-inflammatories like Aleve (naproxen) or advil. If it persists, a short course of supervised therapy may help, including de-sensitization exercises like working your handa dn fingers in a pot of dried beans. ...Read more

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Is it normal for black and blue on the palm of your hand and wrist post carpal tunnel surgery. It's been 5 days.?

Is it normal for black and blue on the palm of your hand and wrist post carpal tunnel surgery. It's been 5 days.?

Yes: Bruising in the hand can occur after a carpal tunnel release. Keep an eye on it but it should resolve with time. ...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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Had carpal tunnel surgery have have sharp electrical shocks run through hand and feel like it wants to shoot out my fingers?

After carpal tunnel: Midl pain may be a sign of normal healing (we all go at different pace), pillar pain, pain from joints adjacent to the carpal tunnel, another source such as a trigger finger, scar sensitivity, swelling from overdoing it too soon, and the lsit goes on. Often nerve pain goes away but in more severe cases, alterd sensation may linger and shocks can be associated a recovering nerve, BUT ask UR DOCTOR! ...Read more

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I just had carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand and the surgical site has reopened. It's draining and it's very painful to touch. Is this staph?

Wound infection: Can't tell if it's staph without a culture, but it's likely a wound infection. You need to contact your surgeon or be evaluated at an Urgent Care. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...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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I had carpal tunnel surgery, will the hair on my hand look darker after the splint is removed or will it be the same because I have some black hairs.

I had carpal tunnel surgery, will the hair on my hand look darker after the splint is removed or will it be the same because I have some black hairs.

Shouldn't be problem: Usually we only see hair color change after a longer period of cast immobilization not a shorter term use of a splint. If you do get some hairs that are darker they will return to their normal color over time ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery a few months ago and just in the past week started having symptoms of trigger thumb same hand how quickly should I see doc?

I had carpal tunnel surgery a few months ago and just in the past week started having symptoms of trigger thumb same hand how quickly should I see doc?

Trigger finger injec: If the trigger finger is locking several times a day or if you need to unlock it with the other hand it is time for a trigger finger cortisone injection. ...Read more

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Post carpal tunnel surgery, can a follow-up nerve conduction study (ncs) have adverse effects or make the hand worse. Can ncs lead to complex regional pain syndrome?

Post carpal tunnel surgery, can a follow-up nerve conduction study (ncs) have adverse effects or make the hand worse. Can ncs lead to complex regional pain syndrome?

Not really ; Ditto: Although I am not sure why a follow-up nerve conduction study would be necessary there is little chance that could cause any type of harm or worsening of symptoms. I am unaware of any literature that supports the notion of complex regional pain syndrome as a result of a nerve conduction study. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your index finger to swell and hurt 6 months after carpal tunnel surgery?

Is it normal for your index finger to swell and hurt 6 months after carpal tunnel surgery?

No: Time to get that checked out. Hard to say what is wrong without an exam. It may not be related to the cts. ...Read more

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Is it possible to need wrist surgery as a result of carpal tunnel surgery?

Is it possible to need wrist surgery as a result of carpal tunnel surgery?

Carpal tunnel syndro: Carpal tunnel release is the most invasive treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome that doesn't respond to lifestyle modification, splints, anti-inflammatories & local injections. While it used to be an open procedure (imagine long scar down palm into wrist), it is most often accomplished endoscopically these days. Your family doc can help you determine when to see hand surgeon. ...Read more

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9 mths ago had Carpal tunnel surgery, normal recovery, woke up this morning and thumb severe pain can't do anything, when bent, pnky/mddle flex too?

Thumb pain: Has many causes, tendonitis, arthritis, injury, strain, ligament laxity. A common condition is stenosing tenosynovitis of the flexor tendon or trigger finger. Full bending, flexion of the thumb can cause the index tip to bend, sometimes known as a linberg comstock syndrome (this is anatomy not an issue) and some will involuntarily flex other fingers. If there, pain, swelling seek medical rx ...Read more

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After a year since I had carpal tunnel surgery, why do I have pain in my wrist?

After a year since I had carpal tunnel surgery, why do I have pain in my wrist?

Could be many things: It is unlikely for you to still have pain from the carpal tunnel surgery. There could be another cause of your pain (arthritis, tendonitis). See your original surgeon if you don't get a good answer get another opinion. ...Read more

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Had carpal release surgery. BUT now my pinky up to my elbow is extremely painful. Did carpal tunnel surgery not help? Why am I still in pain?

Had carpal release surgery. BUT now my pinky up to my elbow is extremely painful. Did carpal tunnel surgery not help? Why am I still in pain?

Cubital tunnel: Numbness in the pinky and ring fingers indicates a nerve compression higher up in the arm most likely from the elbow. Carpal tunnel surgery addresses the nerve that gives sensation to the thumb index and middle fingers. Cubital tunnel syndrome causes compression to the ulnar nerve at the elbow and can lead to numbness and pain in the pinky. Am examination and nerve tests are needed to confirm ...Read more

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Is trigger thumb a side effect of carpal tunnel surgery?

No: Separate problem. If it bothers you, it can be treated by a hand specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can tendinitis surgery cause carpal tunnel in my left wrist. I just got carpal tunnel surgery on my right? I'm feeling the same symptoms of it on left

Can tendinitis surgery cause carpal tunnel in my left wrist. I just got carpal tunnel surgery on my right? I'm feeling the same symptoms of it on left

Prob Just Bilateral: Often carpal tunnel syndrome is bilateral, so it isn't that surgery on one side causes or leads to the same problem on the opposite side. I assume electrical studies were done and should confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery two months ago. My thumb, pointer and middle finger are numb. They were not before the surgery. Normal?

I had carpal tunnel surgery two months ago. My thumb, pointer and middle finger are numb. They were not before the surgery. Normal?

May want to discuss: With your surgeon. The numbness should nothave gotten worse at two months and you may be having some scarring/adhesion issues or increased edema causing further compression on median nerve. While some of this can be expected post surgically, it should be getting better. With cts surgery, though, it's not uncommon to have a long healing process, even up to six months, that's if the surgery worked. ...Read more

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Five weeks ago, I had an endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. I still feel a tightness in my wrist and forearm. It causes a lot of discomfort. What should I do?

Five weeks ago, I had an endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. I still feel a tightness in my wrist and forearm. It causes a lot of discomfort. What should I do?

Normal Swelling: Swelling may stll be present in the palm. It is not unusual for the palm to still fell a little bit full or tight. The normal indentation or inverted "v" that on sees when you look at your palm in profile may be absent. Some also feel a pulling sensation when the extend their wrists and it can feel like forearm tightness.
Gentle stretching and massage can be helpful too. ...Read more

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