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Removing Bandages 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. Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Read more
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 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
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. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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? Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can be done after carpal tunnel release to reduce swelling 10wks after surgery I've tried a compressed glove?
See your surgeon: Go for follow up elevate the hand, uses elastic stockings. Read more
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. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: All healing results in a scar.Get a more detailed answer ›
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