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What kind of pain medications are given after open carpal tunnel release surgery?

What kind of pain medications are given after open carpal tunnel release surgery?

Narcotic meds.: Narcotic medications are often helpful during the first 24-48 hours to recover from the acute pain symptoms following carpal tunnel surgery. Afterwards, over-the-counter medications like tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen are generally acceptable and sufficient for pain relief.

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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


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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.

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What exactly is carpal tunnel release surgery? |

What exactly is carpal tunnel release surgery? |

Ligament release: The transverse carpal ligament is the superior border of the carpal tunnel. The median nerve runs within the carpal tunnel and when compressed, causes the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). In order to relive the pressure on the median nerve, the transverse carpal ligament must be released. This is accomplished with either open or endoscopic techniques.

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How effective is carpal tunnel release surgery?

How effective is carpal tunnel release surgery?

Very high: The success rate of a carpal tunnel release is very high. Assuming a proper work-up and failed conservative therapy, you should do well. Good luck.

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Is pain normal after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Is pain normal after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Yes: It is normal to have pain at the site of the incision after carpal tunnel surgery for up to two weeks. After that it should be ivestegated. If your surgeon is not interested in helping you you should seek a second opinion soon.

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Can you tell me about carpal tunnel release surgery?

Can you tell me about carpal tunnel release surgery?

Carpal tunnel: A carpal tunnel release is a very effective procedure for patients that have failed conservative care. It is an outpatient procedure. A small incision is made in the proximal palm of the hand and the transverse carpal ligament is divided to decompress the median nerve.

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What is the new method of carpal tunnel release surgery?

What is the new method of carpal tunnel release surgery?

Endoscopic: While it is not new (been around for 20 years), a small incision is made and the surgery is done through a "micro" incision.

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What is it like to have a carpal tunnel release surgery?

Relatively simple: Most patient experience significant improvement of numbness and tingling with elimination of pain. The surgery is short and takes only a few minutes and there is little to no pain postoperatively. Down time is approximately 1 week.

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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.

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Need data on the effectiveness of carpal tunnel release surgery?

Need data on the effectiveness of carpal tunnel release surgery?

Very effective: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very effective treatment for people with carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). Failures are usually do to incorrect diagnosis, such as cervical radiculopathy or diabetes, or incomplete surgical release of the transverse carpal ligament. When the right surgery is done for the right reason, the results are excellent. Try the hand society web site assh. Org for more details.

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What is the success rate of having a carpal tunnel release surgery?

SUCCESS MEANS?: It all depends on how you define success. It isnearly 100% succecful in taht usually the ligament is released and the nerve pressure goes down, ie the nerve gets decompressed. Is it successful in returning sensation and strength to normal. ..That s where expectations, and pre-op assessment and how severe it started from.

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When can I take the bandages off after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Ask your surgeon!: When I perform carpal tunnel releases, wether open or endoscopic, I have the patients remove their bandages 2-3 days after surgery. There is no reason for prolonged immobilization after surgery and you can begin using the hand as soon as you feel comfortable. Follow your surgeon's instructions and call the office if you have questions or concerns.

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What does someone typically get a second carpal tunnel release surgery?

What does someone typically get a second carpal tunnel release surgery?

It depends!: If you are talking about the same hand for a second time then true recurrences tend to occur 10-20 years after the original surgery and are quite rare. Failure of the first op is commoner and may need revision surgery quite soon. If you are talking about the other hand then CTS is bilateral in at least 70% of patients and operations on the other side are very common

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I had carpal tunnel release surgery yesterday and I felt everything during my operation. Is this normal?

I had carpal tunnel release surgery yesterday and I felt everything during my operation. Is this normal?

Not usually: There are several different kinks of anesthesia's for this operation. Did you have just a local anesesthetic, bier block or general anesthesia? I am not sure how your doctor could have done the surgery if you felt everything. Possibly the block did not have time to fully set up. Does the dentist have a hard time numbing you up for drilling teeth?

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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.

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How painful is the carpal tunnel release surgery and how soon can I start using the PC since I process claims and need to do a lot of mouse clicking.

How painful is the carpal tunnel release surgery and how soon can I start using the PC since I process claims and need to do a lot of mouse clicking.

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. Keyboard activities 3-4 wk.

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Is it okay to have swelling in my fingers after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Yes: Finger swelling is normal after carpal tunnel surgery. However, if you just had the surgery and have quite a bit of pain or numbness, you need to make sure your dressings are not too tight. Your hand surgeon can check this for you. Swelling should improve with time. Make sure you have been shown proper finger exercises and stretches to do after your surgery as these can all help with the swelling.

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I have very cold fingers 1week after carpal tunnel release surgery. Is this normal?

I have very cold fingers 1week after carpal tunnel release surgery. Is this normal?

No, but possible --: Due to these reasons: 1: with tight splint or bandages, your fingers maybe bluish in color, tingly or cold; 2: with hand held hanging down most of the time ; bandages, the circulation in fingers is not great; 3: if you are not exercising your fingers or are or have been a smoker, then fingers do feel cold. 4: some people have cold fingers for no specific reason, with nothing to do with surgery.

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