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What are the criteria for going ahead with carpal tunnel surgery?

What are the criteria for going ahead with carpal tunnel surgery?

Persistent symptoms: If you have persistent symptoms of numbness, weakness or pain with a diagnosis of CTS despite trying some conservative management including a splint, anti inflammatories, or steroids then you really should consider surgery. the success rate is very good at over 90%. Surgery will delay any further injury to the nerve which can even lead to permanent nerve damage if not managed appropriately. ...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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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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Will I get any medicine for pain when I go for the carpal tunnel surgery?

Will I get any medicine for pain when I go for the carpal tunnel surgery?

Yes: Most surgeons will provide pain medication for post-operative discomfort. Take it easy on the hand for the first few weeks and your medication needs should be minimal. Good luck. ...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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Going to have endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. ....Any advice?

Going to have endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. ....Any advice?

Speak to surgeon: Understand the risks & benefits, make sure you understand the alternatives to surgery, get your questions even the ones you don't think are important answered before the surgery, make sure you provide a full medical history. Understand the post operative protocol http://jeffreywintmd.blogspot.com/2014/09/informed-patient-tutorial-carpal-tunnel.html here is a good start but ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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When will the swelling go down after open carpal tunnel surgery?

When will the swelling go down after open carpal tunnel surgery?

Ten days or so: Should be resolved by 10-14 days. Elevation of the operated hand above the heart will hasten the resolution of swelling. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel surgery painful?

Carpal Tunnel Surger: For most people this is not painful but recovery will vary according to work status (self employed versus workmen's compensation.). ...Read more

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What is carpal tunnel surgery like?

What is carpal tunnel surgery like?

CTR: A carpal tunnel release divides the transverse carpal ligament which forms the roof of the carpal tunnel. By dividing the TCL, the median nerve is decompressed and alleviates the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. It is performed on an outpatient basis. ...Read more

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How is carpal tunnel surgery performed?

How is carpal tunnel surgery performed?

By proper surgeon: Carpal tunnel syndrome, if appropriately diagnosed, shold be treated non-surgically if possible and then if surgery is needed, should be performed by a reputable surgeon trained and skilled in this surgery. An incision is made over the middle of the heels of the hand and wrist and down through a fibrous ligament to release pressure on the nerve. Ortho, neuro or plastic surgeons usually do this. ...Read more

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Show diagram of carpal tunnel surgery?

Show diagram of carpal  tunnel surgery?

Video carpal tunnel: Ill do one better here is a link to page with diagrams and a video <a href="http://www.handctr.Com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.handctr.Com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html</a>. ...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