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Doctor insights on: Return To Work Time After Carpal Tunnel Surgery

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When can I go back to work after carpal tunnel surgery?

When can I go back to work after carpal tunnel surgery?

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. The type of work being done influences when someone can return. The more strenuous the work the more time it takes. Your surgeon can help you make a plan as to when you can return. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones, tissues, and ligaments of the wrist. This tunnel exists to protect the median nerve, which controls sensations and movement to the thumb and fingers (not including the little finger). Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel is inflamed and swollen, which pinches the median nerve and results in feelings of numbness, decreased grip strength, and muscle ...Read more


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What is the typical recovery time after carpal tunnel surgery?

What is the typical recovery time after carpal tunnel surgery?

CTR recovery: In my practice the patient has a soft dressing for 1 week and they start mobilizing in the second week. Recovery from the carpal tunnel surgery can be as quick as two weeks but the nerve recovery may take 6 months if the nerve compression was severe. Scar matures over 6-9 months. Your hand surgeon is the best person to give you detailed information about recovery specific to your condition. ...Read more

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Will carpel tunnel force me into a new career? I'm a barber and developed carpal tunnel after fifteen years. Is there any chance i can go back to being a barber after carpal tunnel surgery or is it time to find a new profession?

Will carpel tunnel force me into a new career? I'm a barber and developed carpal tunnel after fifteen years. Is there any chance i can go back to being a barber after carpal tunnel surgery or is it time to find a new profession?

Absolutely. : Absolutely. The recovery from the surgery is relative rapid. The incision heals in a matter of a couple weeks, and pain from surgery is nearly resolved by that point as well. This depends on whether the surgery is done endoscopically or with an open incision. Typically, an endoscopic release has a smaller incision, which mean more rapid healing and recovery. On the other hand, an open release performed by a very skilled and experienced surgeon could have an incision not that much larger than that. The numbness, tingling and pain of carpal tunnel will take longer to resolve. How long is entirely dependant on how long you have had the symptoms and how severe they are. In about 20% of cases, symptoms are incompletely resolved or recur after surgery. ...Read more

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How does carpal tunnel surgery work exactly ?

How does carpal tunnel surgery work exactly ?

Easy: It is one of the simples surgeries in the world. Takes few minutes just to grab scissor and cut the band of fibrous tissue that is pressing the median nerve. Pts. Get a wound like 2-3 inches long from the palm of the hand down to the wrist. Stitches are placed on the skin to be removed few days later. Some sort of immobilization with a wrist brace is place to prevent movement of the wound. ...Read more

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What to do if i having carpal tunnel surgery, is it better to get both done at the same time?

What to do if i having carpal tunnel surgery, is it better to get both done at the same time?

No: To a degree this is a personal preference. However, i would strongly discourage having both hands done at the same time. It makes the initial recovery pretty difficult. ...Read more

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I had Carpal Tunnel surgery in 2012 but now symptoms return. What is going on? Should I be concerned?

Recurrent carpal tun: All problems can recur if one resumes the activity which created the problem in the first place. You should be seen by an upper extremity specialist. Many times the diagnosis needs to be accurate. I.e. One may have compression of the nerves from the neck and or brachial plexus , which may also need to be treated. Be sure that conservative treatment is initiated first . Perhaps a second opinion . ...Read more

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With systmic inflamation, would carpal tunnel surgery help or would the condition likely return?

Depends: If the carpal tunnel syndrome is severe you may need surgery regardless in order to prevent n. Damage. If the problem is not severe the inflammation can be treated first while the carpal tunnel is treated. Options for carpal tunnel include splints, injections, surgery. None of these are a guaranteed permanent cure. It can recur due to inflammation, scar tissue after surgery, worsening arthriti. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery.Still in a lot of pain but scared to ask doctor for more meds. He gave me 40. 1, 4 times a day and ill run out on day 10.

Carpal tunnel: If you are in true pain, you should talk to him and let him know that. It may be that he may suggest some other ways of treating your pain than taking narcotic pain killers. He may decide to continue pain medication for a little while knowing your problem in hopes it will improve. ...Read more

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What can I expect after carpal tunnel surgery?

What can I expect after carpal tunnel surgery?

Usually relief: Typically results from carpal tunnel surgery are good. That is, symptoms resolve with relatively little down time. While surgeons differ in their protocol, in my practice the operation is done under local anesthesia with light sedation and the patient can use the hand for most activities right after surgery. Stitches come out at two weeks and the patient leaves with a band aid. That's usually it. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

What are the best exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

Keep fingers moving: After any hand surgery it's important to keep the fingers moving. Make full fists and extend the fingers many times throughout the day. After a week or two start moving the wrist. ...Read more

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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