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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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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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How does carpal tunnel surgery work exactly ?

How does carpal tunnel surgery work exactly ?

Easy: It is one of the simples surgeries in the world. Takes few minutes just to grab scissor and cut the band of fibrous tissue that is pressing the median nerve. Pts. Get a wound like 2-3 inches long from the palm of the hand down to the wrist. Stitches are placed on the skin to be removed few days later. Some sort of immobilization with a wrist brace is place to prevent movement of the wound. ...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?

Absolutely. : Absolutely. The recovery from the surgery is relative rapid. The incision heals in a matter of a couple weeks, and pain from surgery is nearly resolved by that point as well. This depends on whether the surgery is done endoscopically or with an open incision. Typically, an endoscopic release has a smaller incision, which mean more rapid healing and recovery. On the other hand, an open release performed by a very skilled and experienced surgeon could have an incision not that much larger than that. The numbness, tingling and pain of carpal tunnel will take longer to resolve. How long is entirely dependant on how long you have had the symptoms and how severe they are. In about 20% of cases, symptoms are incompletely resolved or recur after surgery. ...Read more

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Had carpal tunnel surgery back in 2009 and my fingers and arm are still going numb and wake me up out of my sleep... What could this be?

Had carpal tunnel surgery  back in 2009 and my fingers and arm are still going numb and wake me up out of my sleep... What could this be?

New exam. Maybe EMG: A new examination by a physician who specializes in nerve pain (dysesthesias) is warranted. The key would be to perform a physical exam and history to try to differentiate the cause. Electrodiagnostic studies (EMG) may be indicated to evaluate specific nerves. Get eval with neurologist, physiatrist, or hand surgeon to help. ...Read more

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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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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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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