Top
30
Doctor insights on: Wrist Pain After Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Share
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
400 Doctors shared insights

Wrist Pain (Definition)

Pain coming from the wrist. In general, the wrist is described as including the radial-carpal joint, the radial-ulnar joint, the joints between the eight carpal bones, and the joints between the carpal bones and the five metacarpal bones. Wrist pain can be caused from traumatic, degenerative, vascular, and inflammatory causes ...Read more


2

2
After a year since I had carpal tunnel surgery, why do I have pain in my wrist?

After a year since I had carpal tunnel surgery, why do I have pain in my wrist?

Could be many things: It is unlikely for you to still have pain from the carpal tunnel surgery. There could be another cause of your pain (arthritis, tendonitis). See your original surgeon if you don't get a good answer get another opinion. ...Read more

3

3
Is it possible to need wrist surgery as a result of carpal tunnel surgery?

Is it possible to need wrist surgery as a result of carpal tunnel surgery?

Carpal tunnel syndro: Carpal tunnel release is the most invasive treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome that doesn't respond to lifestyle modification, splints, anti-inflammatories & local injections. While it used to be an open procedure (imagine long scar down palm into wrist), it is most often accomplished endoscopically these days. Your family doc can help you determine when to see hand surgeon. ...Read more

4

4
Carpal tunnel over the years I have slowly built wrist pain that I'm assuming is carpal tunnel. I have heard from some friends about endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery as a great way to help alleviate the symptoms. Can someone help explain what this

Carpal tunnel over the years I have slowly built wrist pain that I'm assuming is carpal tunnel. I have heard from some friends about endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery as a great way to help alleviate the symptoms. Can someone help explain what this

Minimally invasive.: Endoscopic carpal tunnel release (ectr) is a minimally inasive technique for releasing the carpal ligament. I use the microaire system in my practice which allows for a much smaller scar that is well hidden in the transverse wrist crease. I have patients who have had an open procedure on one side with an endoscopic release on the other hand who report kess pain and faster recovery as well. ...Read more

5

5
Can tendinitis surgery cause carpal tunnel in my left wrist. I just got carpal tunnel surgery on my right? I'm feeling the same symptoms of it on left

Can tendinitis surgery cause carpal tunnel in my left wrist. I just got carpal tunnel surgery on my right? I'm feeling the same symptoms of it on left

Prob Just Bilateral: Often carpal tunnel syndrome is bilateral, so it isn't that surgery on one side causes or leads to the same problem on the opposite side. I assume electrical studies were done and should confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

6

6
Is it normal for black and blue on the palm of your hand and wrist post carpal tunnel surgery. It's been 5 days.?

Is it normal for black and blue on the palm of your hand and wrist post carpal tunnel surgery. It's been 5 days.?

Yes: Bruising in the hand can occur after a carpal tunnel release. Keep an eye on it but it should resolve with time. ...Read more

7

7
How long does it generally take your hand to heal after carpal tunnel surgery?

How long does it generally take your hand to heal after carpal tunnel surgery?

It depends...: In my practice, I allow patients to return to routine activities of daily living the same day of surgery. I encourage typing and light gripping immediately. The bandage is removed after a week, at which time the incision could be washed normally and dressed with a bandaid (avoiding submersion for total of 3 weeks). Load bearing and heavy gripping (manual labor) is resumed usually after 4 weeks. ...Read more

8

8
I'm experiencing acute pain 13 days after carpal tunnel surgery in my left hand. I'm wondering if I should go get it checked? Appearance is normal.

I'm experiencing acute pain 13 days after carpal tunnel surgery in my left hand. I'm wondering if I should go get it checked? Appearance is normal.

Pain hand: Acute pain, yes there can be an infection or another issue, call your doctor. Other things such as arthritis at th base of the thumb, or irritation from prolonged dependency on splints may be suspect as well. By speaking to your surgeon directly they can determine if anything else needs to be done. Often this can simply be a phone call but you must call to start the evaluation process ...Read more

9

9
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

10

10
Is pain in the palm of my hand and my pinky normal after carpal tunnel surgery about 3 weeks post op?

Is pain in the palm of my hand and my pinky normal after carpal tunnel surgery about 3 weeks post op?

Could be: The pinky finger, not so much, but the palm, especially the middle of the palm, yes. In fact, different sensations could occur. There could be an aching or tightness, or a feeling of pins and needles or an electrical feeling there.

What does it feel like?

It may be that it improves over time. The nerves will continue to heal now that they are not being compressed. ...Read more

11

11
How long do you wait to do the other hand for carpal tunnel surgery?

How long do you wait to do the other hand for carpal tunnel surgery?

2 weeks: I tend to stage the surgery 2 weeks apart and typically recommend that the dominant hand go first unless there is a severe difference in the non dominant hand. This gives enough time to allow full function in most adl activity

when people ask whether they can have surgery on both hands together I typically remind them about the bathroom! ...Read more

12

12
Should my hand still swell after having carpal tunnel surgery 7wks ago?

Should my hand still swell after having carpal tunnel surgery 7wks ago?

Swelling: Swelling can last up to a year post-operative from any surgery, but should slowly decrease with time as recovery is different for every person. See your surgeon for verification. Good luck. ...Read more

14

14
I had carpal tunnel surgery. Is it possible to get carpal tunnel again in the same hand?

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

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

15

15
1 inch incision on hand for carpal tunnel surgery surgery how long before pain free I'm a c n a?

1 inch incision on hand for carpal tunnel surgery surgery how long before pain free I'm a c n a?

A couple of weeks: It takes about 2 weeks for the wound to heal. Once it does, the soreness should be minimal. It's not uncommon to have some palm and wrist pain after surgery. Most work activities will be tolerable by 3 weeks. Heavy lifting or other activities may take up to 6 weeks to perform. ...Read more

16

16
I have a dull pain on the top of my hand. I have had carpal tunnel surgery 2 years ago bu this pain is different and quite painful?

I have a dull pain on the top of my hand. I have had carpal tunnel surgery 2 years ago bu this pain is different and quite painful?

Extensor hand pain: This 'new' pain is on back of hand, extensor surface and is NOT related to Carpal Tunnel Surgery. See your hand surgeon. ...Read more

17

17
What could be cause of jolts of pain down fingers when hand gets cold. Have recently had carpal tunnel surgery.?

Nerves waking up: It could be several things, but its not unusual to have a flare up of pain after cts as sensation returns. It can also be caused by scar, post-operative inflammation, and over use. Try ice and anti-inflammatories like Aleve (naproxen) or advil. If it persists, a short course of supervised therapy may help, including de-sensitization exercises like working your handa dn fingers in a pot of dried beans. ...Read more

19

19
I had endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery a week ago. The base of my hand still feels hard and a little numb, is this normal?

I had endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery a week ago. The base of my hand still feels hard and a little numb, is this normal?

Yes: Swelling and stiffness us common after endoscopic carpal tunnel release and it can take a little time to resolve. Numbness can take quite a while to resolve, especially if the nerve damage was more severe before surgery. Sometimes, some of the numbness does not completely resolve, other times it can take 6-12 months to resolve. ...Read more

20

20
Had carpal tunnel surgery have have sharp electrical shocks run through hand and feel like it wants to shoot out my fingers?

After carpal tunnel: Midl pain may be a sign of normal healing (we all go at different pace), pillar pain, pain from joints adjacent to the carpal tunnel, another source such as a trigger finger, scar sensitivity, swelling from overdoing it too soon, and the lsit goes on. Often nerve pain goes away but in more severe cases, alterd sensation may linger and shocks can be associated a recovering nerve, BUT ask UR DOCTOR! ...Read more

21

21
I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands. I am in my 8th week recovering. I still feel very sore at the base of my hand. Is this normal?

Endoscopic or open?: It depends. If you had the traditional open decompression, then that is normal. On average, it takes 3 to 6 months to fully heal. If you had it done endoscopically like I do it, with no incision on the hand, then most are fully back to work without restrictions within a few days, and fully healed in a few weeks. So in short, it depends mostly on who did your surgery, and how it was done. ...Read more

22

22
I had carpal tunnel surgery, will the hair on my hand look darker after the splint is removed or will it be the same because I have some black hairs.

I had carpal tunnel surgery, will the hair on my hand look darker after the splint is removed or will it be the same because I have some black hairs.

Shouldn't be problem: Usually we only see hair color change after a longer period of cast immobilization not a shorter term use of a splint. If you do get some hairs that are darker they will return to their normal color over time ...Read more

23

23
I just had carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand and the surgical site has reopened. It's draining and it's very painful to touch. Is this staph?

Wound infection: Can't tell if it's staph without a culture, but it's likely a wound infection. You need to contact your surgeon or be evaluated at an Urgent Care. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

24

24
I had carpal tunnel surgery a few months ago and just in the past week started having symptoms of trigger thumb same hand how quickly should I see doc?

I had carpal tunnel surgery a few months ago and just in the past week started having symptoms of trigger thumb same hand how quickly should I see doc?

Trigger finger injec: If the trigger finger is locking several times a day or if you need to unlock it with the other hand it is time for a trigger finger cortisone injection. ...Read more

25

25
Post carpal tunnel surgery, can a follow-up nerve conduction study (ncs) have adverse effects or make the hand worse. Can ncs lead to complex regional pain syndrome?

Post carpal tunnel surgery, can a follow-up nerve conduction study (ncs) have adverse effects or make the hand worse. Can ncs lead to complex regional pain syndrome?

Not really ; Ditto: Although I am not sure why a follow-up nerve conduction study would be necessary there is little chance that could cause any type of harm or worsening of symptoms. I am unaware of any literature that supports the notion of complex regional pain syndrome as a result of a nerve conduction study. ...Read more

26

26
I am experiencing (thumb base area numbness and wrist pain. It makes me drop things. I've had carpel tunnel surgery some years ago. It aches a lot.?

I am experiencing (thumb base area numbness and wrist pain. It makes me drop things. I've had carpel tunnel surgery some years ago. It aches a lot.?

Classic symptoms.: It might be time to have your hand evaluated again. It is not out of the question that the symptoms of carpal tunnel can return after the surgery. A hand surgeon can certainly fill you in on the details and significance of the symptoms you are now having. ...Read more

27

27
2 previous wrist surgeries for carpel tunnel/thumb fusion. Chronic pain+lump inside wrist. Now pulling tree roots & wrist popped with immed wrist pain?

2 previous wrist surgeries for carpel tunnel/thumb fusion. Chronic pain+lump inside wrist. Now pulling tree roots & wrist popped with immed wrist pain?

You would think an-: -adult who had all these procedures you might think twice about pulling tree roots. Get back to your hand surgeon and confess, & see what you did. ...Read more

28

28
Five weeks ago, I had an endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. I still feel a tightness in my wrist and forearm. It causes a lot of discomfort. What should I do?

Five weeks ago, I had an endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. I still feel a tightness in my wrist and forearm. It causes a lot of discomfort. What should I do?

Normal Swelling: Swelling may stll be present in the palm. It is not unusual for the palm to still fell a little bit full or tight. The normal indentation or inverted "v" that on sees when you look at your palm in profile may be absent. Some also feel a pulling sensation when the extend their wrists and it can feel like forearm tightness.
Gentle stretching and massage can be helpful too. ...Read more

30

30
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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
971 Doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Kevin Vaught
225 Doctors shared insights

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