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I had carpal tunnel surgery with removal of ganglion cyst 1 month still having a great deal of pain, heat and swelling in my hand. Normal?

No not normal. There are four main signs of inflammation: pain, heat, redness, and swelling. Those are signs that the immune system is activated. After a surgery there can be inflammation and it's normal for a few days. If it is present a month later it is concerning that there is either infection, or some kind of immune activation. It's worth getting it checked out right away by your surgeon. Read more...

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

Possibley. It can continue to have mild swelling indefinitely depending on how you have healed, how much scar tissue developed, how successful the surgery and how much you currently use it. If you see any signs of infection or blood clot (heat, fever, increased heart rate, chills, etc), see your doctor immediately.With contionued swelling at seven to eight weeks, i would recommend follow up with your surgeon. Read more...
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...
No. While swelling can remain for upto a year. Swelling after carpal tunnel is typically minor and should be resolved for the most part by now. I recommend following up with your hand surgeon. Read more...

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...
Normal. It is normal for the area to be firm and sensitive. This could last for weeks for months. Try some desensitization massage. Take hand cream and massage the area 2 or 3 times a day this can help resorb the scar tissue and desensitize the area. Read more...
Yes, likely scar. Swelling and scarring are normal after any surgery. Even with an incision as small as an endoscopic carpal tunnel release, some swelling and scarring will occur. This will improve over the next several weeks and should go away by six weeks post-op. Read more...
Yes. The hardness is scar forming to reform the ligament that was divided during the surgery. It heals back together but higher than previously so there is more room in the carpal tunnel. The scar usually softens within 2-3 months. Numbness around an incision is normal for any surgery and often lasts for months. Read more...
Normal. The area of the wrist does get slightly hard and swollen after surgery however these symptoms tend to improve daily and by 1 week should be minimal. Perhaps a follow up visit with your surgeon can help identify if there are any other issues or if you need therapy. Read more...

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?

Normal. This is part of the normal healing process. Some patients after carpal tunnel release can develop pillar pain that can take up to 12 months to resolve. Read more...
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...
Can be. Other things such as arthritis at th base of the thumb, or irritation from prolonged dependency on splints may be suspect as well. Read more...

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...
Yes. If your pain is getting worse and not better, I would definitely let your surgeon know. Read more...

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...

What do you advise if I had carpal tunnel surgery on my hand two years ago?

EXPECT to return. Expect to return to your previous activity fully having carpal tunnel or needing carpal tunnel surgery It is not a reason to expect a change in job or other activity.It is not a rason to expect disablity. It is not a reason to expect career change. If you are having recurrent symptoms then speak to your doctor but start with simple ideas such as a wrist splint . Read more...