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Is it okay to have swelling in my fingers after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Is it okay to have swelling in my fingers after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Yes: Finger swelling is normal after carpal tunnel surgery. However, if you just had the surgery and have quite a bit of pain or numbness, you need to make sure your dressings are not too tight. Your hand surgeon can check this for you.

Swelling should improve with time. Make sure you have been shown proper finger exercises and stretches to do after your surgery as these can all help with the swelling. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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Carpal Tunnel Release (Definition)

Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) is treated by releasing the transverse carpal ligament (tcl), surgically with an open, mini-open or endoscopic technique. Tcl relieves the pressure on the median nerve. Open surgery requires complete exposure of the tcl and carpal tunnel (ct). Mini-open surgery only partially exposes these structures. Endoscopic surgery uses a camera and a small ...Read more


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Hand still swelling and painful after 20 weeks of carpal tunnel release surgery. Also just had same surgery and wrist release paratendon on right hand?

Hand still swelling and painful after 20 weeks of carpal tunnel release surgery. Also just had same surgery and wrist release paratendon on right hand?

You need F/U: This is not typical after a routine carpal tunnel release. You should be feeling much better by now. A potential complication of any surgery is the development of rsd or crps (reflex sympathetic dystrophy, complex regional pain syndrome) this can be treated but you need to see your doctor. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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On 12/14/15 I had left thumb arthroplasty with tendon transfer, carpal tunnel release, and dequerains release. Still have finger swelling and joint st?

On 12/14/15 I had left thumb arthroplasty with tendon transfer, carpal tunnel release, and dequerains release. Still have finger swelling and joint st?

Patience: It could very well be that it may just take more time. You can get better from the arthroplasty up to 6-8 months. So if you are slowly getting better, you will likely continue to improve. If you are not getting better, or are even getting worse, you need to let your surgeon know. ...Read more

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I have very cold fingers 1week after carpal tunnel release surgery. Is this normal?

I have very cold fingers 1week after carpal tunnel release surgery. Is this normal?

No, but possible --: Due to these reasons:
1: with tight splint or bandages, your fingers maybe bluish in color, tingly or cold;
2: with hand held hanging down most of the time ; bandages, the circulation in fingers is not great;
3: if you are not exercising your fingers or are or have been a smoker, then fingers do feel cold.
4: some people have cold fingers for no specific reason, with nothing to do with surgery. ...Read more

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Had Carpal Tunnel Release surgery 4 days ago-they did a nerve block. In 24 hrs I had my feeling back in my fingers except 2, my 3rd & 4th. Need I worry?

Had Carpal Tunnel Release surgery 4 days ago-they did a nerve block. In 24 hrs I had my feeling back in my fingers except 2, my 3rd & 4th. Need I worry?

Carpal Tunnel: Yes you should contact your surgeon. The local anesthetic would have worn off in 24 hrs. You may have some swelling around the Median nerve affecting your sensation, ...Read more

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Since my carpal tunnel release I have developed trigger finger, could the previous surgery have set it off?

Since my carpal tunnel release I have developed trigger finger, could the previous surgery have set it off?

Yes: Hands often swell after surgery and triggering comes from swelling. On the other hand, many patients with carpal tunnel syndrome often have swelling causing the problem in the first place. ...Read more

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Had surgery for carpal tunnel release this morning my hand & fingers are still very numb & it hurts to straighten them & its been 8 hrs, is thi normal?

Had surgery for carpal tunnel release this morning my hand & fingers are still very numb & it hurts to straighten them & its been 8 hrs, is thi normal?

Can be: At times some irritation to the nerve adds to symptoms, other times. Local or a block take longer to wear off, finally make sure the bandage is not too tight. If concerns persist call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have swollen fingers after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Is it normal to have swollen fingers after carpal tunnel release surgery?

For a while: Yes, postoperative swelling is to be expected. Elevate your arm/hand and keep salt intake to a minimum. Use a cold pack in the first couple days. Begin therapy or exercises as advised by your surgeon. Swelling should be minimal by the time you get stitches/staples out. If not, make sure you notify your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is pain normal after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Yes: It is normal to have pain at the site of the incision after carpal tunnel surgery for up to two weeks. After that it should be ivestegated. If your surgeon is not interested in helping you you should seek a second opinion soon. ...Read more

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When can I drive again after carpal tunnel release surgery?

When can I drive again after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Recovery: Certainly when you are off your pain medications. However, it does depend on the technique, your healing, and recovery. ...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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Can you tell me about carpal tunnel release surgery?

Can you tell me about carpal tunnel release surgery?

Carpal tunnel: A carpal tunnel release is a very effective procedure for patients that have failed conservative care. It is an outpatient procedure. A small incision is made in the proximal palm of the hand and the transverse carpal ligament is divided to decompress the median nerve. ...Read more

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How should I tell my doctor that I want carpal tunnel release surgery?

How should I tell my doctor that I want carpal tunnel release surgery?

By doing so: Preferably in a language he or she understands

seriously call or email or write or say it in person

for more information regarding carpal tunnel release see here
http://www. Handctr. Com/endoscopic-carpal-tunnel-release-51.Html. ...Read more

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Had r carpal tunnel release surgery 11/4, prior to surgery I had some numbness on middle and ring finger but now after surgery it's so much worse, y?

Had r carpal tunnel release surgery 11/4, prior to surgery I had some numbness on middle and ring finger but now after surgery it's so much worse, y?

Worse pain after CTR: You should ask your surgeon for ideas as to why you may be having more pain. Most carpal tunnel releases result in immediate improvement but if you had other procedures done on the nerve at the same time, your surgeon should be able to help you understand your recovery better. ...Read more

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What is the new method of carpal tunnel release surgery?

Endoscopic: While it is not new (been around for 20 years), a small incision is made and the surgery is done through a "micro" incision. ...Read more

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Need data on the effectiveness of carpal tunnel release surgery?

Need data on the effectiveness of carpal tunnel release surgery?

Very effective: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very effective treatment for people with carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). Failures are usually do to incorrect diagnosis, such as cervical radiculopathy or diabetes, or incomplete surgical release of the transverse carpal ligament. When the right surgery is done for the right reason, the results are excellent. Try the hand society web site assh. Org for more details. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of having a carpal tunnel release surgery?

SUCCESS MEANS?: It all depends on how you define success.
It isnearly 100% succecful in taht usually the ligament is released and the nerve pressure goes down, ie the nerve gets decompressed. Is it successful in returning sensation and strength to normal. ..That s where expectations, and pre-op assessment and how severe it started from. ...Read more

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What does someone typically get a second carpal tunnel release surgery?

What does someone typically get a second carpal tunnel release surgery?

It depends!: If you are talking about the same hand for a second time then true recurrences tend to occur 10-20 years after the original surgery and are quite rare. Failure of the first op is commoner and may need revision surgery quite soon. If you are talking about the other hand then CTS is bilateral in at least 70% of patients and operations on the other side are very common ...Read more

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What kind of pain medications are given after open carpal tunnel release surgery?

Narcotic meds.: Narcotic medications are often helpful during the first 24-48 hours to recover from the acute pain symptoms following carpal tunnel surgery. Afterwards, over-the-counter medications like tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen are generally acceptable and sufficient for pain relief. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel release surgery yesterday and I felt everything during my operation. Is this normal?

I had carpal tunnel release surgery yesterday and I felt everything during my operation. Is this normal?

Not usually: There are several different kinks of anesthesia's for this operation. Did you have just a local anesesthetic, bier block or general anesthesia? I am not sure how your doctor could have done the surgery if you felt everything. Possibly the block did not have time to fully set up. Does the dentist have a hard time numbing you up for drilling teeth? ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel over the years I have slowly built wrist pain that I'm assuming is carpal tunnel. I have heard from some friends about endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery as a great way to help alleviate the symptoms. Can someone help explain what this

Carpal tunnel over the years I have slowly built wrist pain that I'm assuming is carpal tunnel. I have heard from some friends about endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery as a great way to help alleviate the symptoms. Can someone help explain what this

Minimally invasive.: Endoscopic carpal tunnel release (ectr) is a minimally inasive technique for releasing the carpal ligament. I use the microaire system in my practice which allows for a much smaller scar that is well hidden in the transverse wrist crease. I have patients who have had an open procedure on one side with an endoscopic release on the other hand who report kess pain and faster recovery as well. ...Read more

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How effective is carpal tunnel release surgery?

How effective is carpal tunnel release surgery?

Very high: The success rate of a carpal tunnel release is very high. Assuming a proper work-up and failed conservative therapy, you should do well. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do to alleviate my anxiety before a carpal tunnel release surgery?

Learn about: Details of surgery and postoperative care what is typical and the norm. Http://handsurgerypodcast. Podbean. Com/mobile/. And. Once you learn this you'll realize that your fears are unfounded. ...Read more

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How painful is the carpal tunnel release surgery and how soon can I start using the PC since I process claims and need to do a lot of mouse clicking.

How painful is the carpal tunnel release surgery and how soon can I start using the PC since I process claims and need to do a lot of mouse clicking.

Not too bad: 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. Your hand will be sore and possibly swollen for the first few weeks. Fortunately, most patients have a very good outcome. Typical post-op pain is not too bad. Keyboard activities 3-4 wk. ...Read more

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What exactly is carpal tunnel release surgery? |

Ligament release: The transverse carpal ligament is the superior border of the carpal tunnel. The median nerve runs within the carpal tunnel and when compressed, causes the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). In order to relive the pressure on the median nerve, the transverse carpal ligament must be released. This is accomplished with either open or endoscopic techniques. ...Read more

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What is it like to have a carpal tunnel release surgery?

Relatively simple: Most patient experience significant improvement of numbness and tingling with elimination of pain. The surgery is short and takes only a few minutes and there is little to no pain postoperatively. Down time is approximately 1 week. ...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

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...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