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6 weeks ago I under went carpal tunnel release in both hands. I am curious about my post operative symptoms.

6 weeks ago I under went carpal tunnel release in both hands. I am curious about my post operative symptoms.

Shocks and pain ok: Generally, 3-6 months after a carpal tunnel release, patients can experience soreness and achiness. Some have electrical discharges in their arms. If the carpal tunnel was moderate to severe before the surgery, sometimes the numbness or tingling does not go away. ...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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Is carpal tunnel release a painful procedure to do?

Is carpal tunnel release a painful procedure to do?

No: The band across the wrist (flexor retinaculum) is cut to release the median nerve in the tunnel created by the carpal bones and this tissue. It should not be unduly painful. ...Read more

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When is it necessary to get a carpal tunnel release done?

When is it necessary to get a carpal tunnel release done?

CTS symptoms.: Surgery generally is enacted when the pain, tingling or numbness of carpal tunnel syndrome become unbearable and limiting. ...Read more

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What exactly is carpal tunnel release surgery? |

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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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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Is pain normal after carpal tunnel release surgery?

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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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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What is the new method of carpal tunnel release surgery?

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

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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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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What is the recovery time for endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

Days to weeks: An endoscopic carpal tunnel release (ctr) requires a very small incision on the wrist. It is common to have some soreness in the wrist and/or palm after surgery. Post-operative immobilization is brief and the hand can be used almost immediately after surgery. More rigorous activities may take 2-6 weeks of recovery time. Therapy is needed only for severe cases or significant pain/swelling post-op. ...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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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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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 is the definition or description of: endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

What is the definition or description of: endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

Endoscopic CTR: Endoscopic carpal tunnel release uses an endoscope, an instrument attached to a video monitor to visualize the undersurface of the transverse carpal ligament. This avoids the need to make an incision in the palm. Instead the surgeon makes the incision in the wrist crease near the base of the palm. The surgeon esssentially releases the ligament from the inside out, avoiding many palm tissues. ...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 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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How quickly does the median nerve repair itself after being damaged during carpal tunnel release?

Depends: Patients with intermittent symptoms before carpal tunnel surgery are usually better the same day. If the nerve has been significantly injured-usually the fingers are always numb-the sensation may return over months to years. If the muscle has been lost for over a year, it will never recover. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel release operation 8 weeks ago, but I am still in considerable pain. Is this normal?

No: Typically severe pain is limited to the first few days to weeks after a carpal tunnel release. After 8 weeks, I would expect your hand to feel quite good. If you are still having pain, you need to see your surgeon. Perhaps the nerve is damaged or irritated. You may have developed scar tissue around the nerve or had an incomplete release. There may also be a problem with the nerve near the neck. ...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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Returning to work after endoscopic carpal tunnel release. Gradually increase work hours over how many days?

It depends on job.: I tell both my endoscopic and open carpal tunnel release patients to take 2 weeks off work. People with more seditary jobs are usually ready to return to work by 2 weeks. Patients who perform heavy labor may need to be off or on light duty for 4-6 weeks. ...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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What is involved with a carpal tunnel release?

Release the ligament: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where there is increased pressure within the carpal tunnel and it compresses the median nerve. The surgical treatment involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament. This decreases the pressure within the tunnel and allows a return of function to the nerve, the surgery can be performed using an open or minimally invasive technique ...Read more

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What should I expect from carpal tunnel release?

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Good outcomes: Carpal tunnel surgery generally heals quickly, allows early return to activities, and yields good relief from numbness and tingling. The surgery is usually done as an outpatient with local anesthesia. Pain medications are needed for a brief period of time only. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: carpal tunnel release?

Ligament release: 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 incision to release tcl. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel release, for how much time does the pain last for?

Carpal tunnel release, for how much time does the pain last for?

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. ...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