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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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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

When the medial nerve that travels through a small space in your wrist (called the carpal tunne) is injured, resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more


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What can you expect during recovery from carpal tunnel surgery?

What can you expect during recovery from carpal tunnel surgery?

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 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 should I do about carpal tunnel problems after operation?

What should I do about carpal tunnel problems after operation?

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 more

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What should I expect from carpal tunnel release?

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What should I expect from carpal tunnel release?

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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How can I start golfing again after having surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?

How can I start golfing again after having surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?

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

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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 can I expect after having knee arthroscopic surgery?

What can I expect after having knee arthroscopic surgery?

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

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How long does numbness last after carpal tunnel surgery?

How long does numbness last after carpal tunnel surgery?

Depends: Give it time. This is a common problem that often improves as the nerve recovers. ...Read more

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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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How long could it take to recover from carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel surgery?

How long could it take to recover from carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel surgery?

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 more

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What can I do to alleviate my anxiety before a carpal tunnel release surgery?

Learn about: Details of surgery and postoperative care what is typical and the norm. http://handsurgerypodcast.podbean.com/mobile/. And. Once you learn this you'll realize that your fears are unfounded. ...Read more

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Why shouldn't you wear a sling after carpal tunnel surgery?

Why shouldn't you wear a sling after carpal tunnel surgery?

Slings: Typically it is more ideal to elevate s limb after surgery. Although a sling can be tightened, ultimately the wrist is still lower than the heart which will lead to swelling. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent weakness after wrist ganglion surgery?

What can I do to prevent weakness after wrist ganglion surgery?

See below:: Weakness in the wrist is from being rested after the surgery, for about 10-14 days. Keep exercising the fingers to keep the strength but also to prevent stiffness in them. If more severe which does not improve, check with your surgeon. ...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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What can I expect after microfracture knee surgery?

What can I expect after microfracture knee surgery?

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

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What to expect after wrist arthroscopy?

What to expect after wrist arthroscopy?

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

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What can I expect after a meniscus surgery?

What can I expect  after a meniscus surgery?

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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I had carpal tunnel surgery. Is it possible to get carpal tunnel again in the same hand?

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Yes: Yes, recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome is not particularly common, but the condition can return, usually after many years. ...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