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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

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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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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