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Should I return to typing after endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

Should I return to typing after endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

Yes with modificatio: Yes but with workplace modifications such as ergonomic chair and devices including chair and supports providing shoulder, elbow and wrist positioning. ...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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Why are fingers tingly four months after endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

Why are fingers tingly four months after endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

Numbness CTR: Depending on the severity, carpal tunnel syndrome after skilled surgery can take up to 6 months to improve. If the night pain has improved, but the numbing and tingling has not fully resolved, you can still be part of the >90% that get better with time. You are 2/3 the way there! the blood supply improves immediately, and with it the pain. The insulation (myelin) takes time, so it can take months. ...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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Can endoscopic carpal tunnel release be safely and effectively done in cts with bifid median nerve (or must open method be done with bifid) ?

Can endoscopic carpal tunnel release be safely and effectively done in cts with bifid median nerve (or must open method be done with bifid) ?

Yes: The endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery can absolutely be performed safely on patients with a bifid median nerve but that depends on the surgeons comfort level with the particular technique they use and with your particular condition. ...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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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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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 long after an open carpal tunnel release on the non dominant hand could sometime return to a job that does not require extensive use of the hand?

How long after an open carpal tunnel release on the non dominant hand could sometime return to a job that does not require extensive use of the hand?

Depends on: lots of things, such as severity of nerve damage, extent of operation, exact nature of your job, and any possibility of complication. You should ask your doctor for precise advice. ...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

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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