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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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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

A medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are 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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9 mths ago had Carpal tunnel surgery, normal recovery, woke up this morning and thumb severe pain can't do anything, when bent, pnky/mddle flex too?

9 mths ago had Carpal tunnel surgery, normal recovery, woke up this morning and thumb severe pain can't do anything, when bent, pnky/mddle flex too?

Thumb pain: has many causes, tendonitis, arthritis, injury, strain, ligament laxity. A common condition is stenosing tenosynovitis of the flexor tendon or trigger finger. full bending, flexion of the thumb can cause the index tip to bend , sometimes known as a linberg comstock syndrome ( this is anatomy not an issue) and some will involuntarily flex other fingers . if there, pain, swelling seek medical rx ...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?

No career change: Carpal tunnel surgery permanently changes the anatomy of the carpal tunnel so reoccurrent symptoms, even if returning to the same job, is unusual. So fixing the carpal tunnel should get you back to being a barber -. ...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?

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.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.

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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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 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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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 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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What are recommended exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

What are recommended exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

Keep fingers moving: Immediately after surgery it's important to keep your fingers moving with your wrist in a neutral position (not bent backward or foreward). Try doing this several times an hour while awake for the first 24 hours. Movements should be slow and full - fully extend the fingers straight and fully flex them into the palm, but without gripping tightly. ...Read more

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What to do if mild pain recurs after carpal tunnel surgery?

What to do if mild pain recurs after carpal tunnel surgery?

Time: You need time, up to 6 month to recover. Pain, unfortunately , is part of recovering from surgery. Contact your surgeon and ask for pain medications. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are my fingers feeling numb after carpal tunnel surgery?

It may be that: The amoujnt of nerve compression was evere and that it takes time for the nerve to feel better. It may be that the nerve was irritated by the surgical process and that the nerve is a bit more sleepy. In severe cases often it takes longer ( far longer than it does for the incision to recover) to exhibit improvement and at times full improvement may not be possible. Talk to your surgeon about this. ...Read more

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Can trigger finger happen after carpal tunnel surgery?

Yes: Recent research just published within the last few months does show an increased risk of developing trigger finger after carpal tunnel surgery. The biomechanics of the tendons going through the carpal tunnel are altered slightly after the surgery which can in fact increase the risk of developing trigger finger. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my fingers to be numb and hot after carpal tunnel surgery?

These are signs : Of nerve inflammation which is common after this type of injury. It should resolve in a few days but may even take weeks. Talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is hand swelling normal after carpal tunnel surgery?

Is hand swelling normal after carpal tunnel surgery?

Yes: Initially swelling would be normal. Elevating your hand and moving your fingers should help with this. After several weeks, there should not be hand swelling. Some wrist swelling at the incision site may be normal though for 6 weeks.. ...Read more

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Is it common after carpal tunnel surgery to get trigger finger?

Yes: There has been new research demonstrating an increased risk of trigger finger after carpal tunnel surgery. The release of the thick ligament which is causing compression on the nerve does alter the biomechanics of the tendons slightly which can increase the chances of developing trigger finger. This article was just published within the last few months. ...Read more

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How long after carpal tunnel surgery will my fingers remind numb?

How long after carpal tunnel surgery will my fingers remind numb?

I : I always tell patients that the time to healing is variable in that no two patients are exactly the same. However typically you can go back to light activites within a few days to a few weeks and heavy activity in 4-6 weeks. Of course this is job and activity dependent. If you are a sedentary office worker its a lot different than a plumber or machinist. General health also affects return to function. If you have diabetes, are a smoker or have fibromyalgia or an inflammatory condition you may have an extended time period. Healing means different things to people. Some take it to imply return to activity others return of normal sensation. I take time to clarify these two questions before surgery. Will my sensation come back or be normal after surgery? While the goal of carpal tunnel surgery is to relieve the pressure on the nerve not everyone will respond the same to surgery some patients will have immediate return of sensation while some will take longer. Some will notice an improvement right away but still feel tingling and will describe this as "numb" the return of sensation is dependent on many factors including age, general health, duration of symptoms, circulation and the actual mechanical severity of compression. In very severe cases while decompressing the nerve stops the carpal tunnel syndrome from getting worse, full recovery of sensation may not be possible. Often this is seen in patients who have muscle wasting noted prior to surgery and in those with longstanding complete numbness and elevated two-point discrimination. Of course there are many in these categories that improve despite having very severe cases. Having a severe case where you are not sure if you'd have full recovery is not a reason to put off surgery, as progression is likely if nothing is done. How about my strength? This is a very difficult question as there are many reasons why a hand with carpal tunnel may not feel as strong. It may be that the decreased sensation in the fingers prevents someone from knowing how tight to hold and object and that object is dropped more easily. With return of sensation or even a slight improvement in sensation, dropping objects becomes less of a problem. Some severe cases of carpal tunnel can be associated with atrophy in the muscles of the hand. In some severe cases, this muscle will never fully recover. However despite loss of muscle, function can still be preserved. In very severe cases a suregon may recommend a tendon or muscle transfer to improve function. So the short answer is its variabole, the long answer above. The best thing is to ask your surgeon what to expect. This answer is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. ...Read more

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