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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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Good things: Usually an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia with light sedation so home fairly soon after the procesure. Sutures usually are in for about two weeks but during that time the hand can be used for most things. Pre-operative discomfort should be relieved fairly soon after surgery with full sensation and strength somewhat more variable. A good operation if you need it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Talk to surgeon: Not unique that healing may take some time, especially if the central axon has been compressed, as it may slowly recover at rate of 0.1mm daily, speed of fingernail growth. If concerns regarding recovery or scarring, a followup EMG may be of value, but would not do until at least 8-10 weeks post-op. Be patient, it takes time to fully heal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Thoracic Outlet: The time to start golfing again is determined by the surgeon who did your surgery. I would contact her/him and ask this specific question. ...Read more
After bilateral endoscopic carpal tunnel release, approximately how long will I have to wait to drive?
Mild pain, swelling: Knee arthroscopy is currently routinely an outpatient procedure. Depending upon the degree of damage and also upon what exactly is done inside your knee during the arthroscopy, you may have anywhere from minimal to moderate pain. A simple removal of torn tissue or a loose body would cause minimal pain and allow for rapid recuperation. Meniscal repair or acl reconstruction causes moderate pain. ...Read more
Depends on severity: Somewhat different for the two. Carpal tunnel involving the median nerve at the wrist has a very quick recovery with many people feeling better immediately after surgery and returning to work sometimes in the same week or at most 3 or 4 weeks later. Cubital tunnel is very different involving the ulnar nerve at the elbow and sometimes requiring transposition of the nerve. Recovery is longer. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Varied: The response to microfracture knee surgery is varied from person to person and is directly dependent on size and type of cartilage lesion. You may require a cpm, and may be 6-8wks strict non weight bearing. If the microfracture is under patella, a brace may be required and rom restricted in the beginning stages. Discuss specifics with your surgeon to gain a better idea of your recovery. ...Read more
Much depends upon: What the conditions that are being treated are and what occurs post operative can be early rom to prolonged immobilization. Sorry to say but the best answer is to specifically talk to your surgeon about what the possible post operative regimen will be based upon the possible findings and what is done https://twitter.Com/drwint. ...Read more
Improvement: Depending on the type of tear you have, your doctor will elect to remove the torn meniscus or fix it. If it is removed then your recovery should be quick-back to sports within a couple of weeks. If you have it repaired then you are looking at 6 weeks of walking with a brace on then a dedicated pt protocol that would get you back to high level activities around 4-6 months. ...Read more
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