I've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, doctor says it needs surgery. Can I still work until I have surgery?

Yes. Yes you can unless your doc thinks it will make it worse and cause permanent damage.
Sure. If you can tolerate the symptoms, keep working. It is unlikely that you are adding any damage. They condition can worsen, especially if you have constant numbness or weakness, so delaying treatment may allow the condition to worsen, and prolong your recovery.
Yes. But id take the surgery day off and plan a few days off after. After that it depends on things such as who you are and what you do and how numb you were pre=op. Unless it is a very severe situation I do not limit the work of those with cts prior to surgery. Still, talk to your physician as there are many different scenarios that play into this decision.
Yes with changes. Yrs you can but you should use positional changes to minimize aggravation of the condition. Always discuss with your surgeon.

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I had carpal tunnel surgery. Still in a lot of pain but scared to ask doctor for more meds. He gave me 40. 1, 4 times a day and ill run out on day 10.

Carpal tunnel. If you are in true pain, you should talk to him and let him know that. It may be that he may suggest some other ways of treating your pain than taking narcotic pain killers. He may decide to continue pain medication for a little while knowing your problem in hopes it will improve. Read more...
Carpal tunnel surger. Is typically not painful. Most patients use meds for a day or two and some no narcotic pain meds at all. Still all are different. I advise many to consider tapering pain meds to oral antiinflammatories or tylenol (acetaminophen) within a day or two, as long as it is somethion that they feel safe with. Best to contact your own doctor but the needs that one has now typically are much different 10 days later. Read more...

I had carpal tunnel surgery in September. Then trigger finger rite after. Now have a hard spot at carpal tunnel sight. Doc says scar tissue don't thinkso?

Carpal tunnel. Ask to work with an occupational therapist. They have multiple ways of regainingmotion of fingers and hand as well as reducing scar formation which sometimes can be quite pronounced. Read more...

I've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, work for tech startup. Can I work until I have surgery? Boss if tough

Probably. Using computers doesn't "cause" cts it may however aggravate existing cts i would advise working in ct splints and typing only 20-30 mins. Then taking a few min. Break to stretch your wrist and fingers. Read more...
Yes. Try treatments such as: rest periods during work hours, night splint, vitamin b6 100mg / day, over the counter anti-inflammatory meds and ergonomic changes to work space. Read more...

How many doctors will be in the operation room for a carpal tunnel surgery?

Usually one. A carpal tunnel release is a pretty straightforward procedure, so one surgeon is the norm. If your surgeon is part of an academic institution, it is possible that a resident or medical student may be present. Read more...
One or two or three. Usually surgery is performed by one surgeon without an assistant except in training programs where a resident or fellow may be present. Depending on the method of anesthesia a doctor to provide anesthesia may also be present as the surgery can be done with local anesthesia alone, with sedation administered by the surgeon or by an anesthesiologist or under general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist. Read more...
Two. Typically the surgeon and the anesthesiologist to monitor the patient and to ensure that they are comfortable. Read more...

How should I tell my doctor that I want carpal tunnel release surgery?

By doing so. Preferably in a language he or she understands seriously call or email or write or say it in person for more information regarding carpal tunnel release see here http://www.Handctr.Com/endoscopic-carpal-tunnel-release-51.Html. Read more...
Surgery. If you have tried nonsurgical treatments and they have not worked you can discuss surgery with your physician. It is a reasonable option. Read more...

If cortisone injections are just a "band aid"and not a fix, why would a doctor recommend it for carpal tunnel instead of just doing the surgery?

Because . It's not just a band aid. It works a lot of times and may prevent you from needing surgery and recovery time. Read more...
Band Aid is Misnomer. I would not refer to cortisone injections as a bandaid. Often they buy you time while you address the underlying condition with physical therapy or work changes. Surgery is not always successful and can lead to worse problems in some cases. Read more...

What kind of pre-tests for surgery are done for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Electrodiagnostics. An electrodiagnostic evaluation (also known as an emg/ncs study) is usually ordered to confirm the location and severity of nerve compression. Other diagnoses can mimic carpal tunnel syndrome, such as cervical radiculopathy, so an emg/ncs study is helpful to corroborate your physician's findings. Read more...

Is there any way of getting relief from carpal tunnel syndrome besides surgery?

Yes, sometimes. The symptoms of pain, numbness and tingling caused by carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) can be relieved without surgery, when the symptoms are intermittent, less than 6 months duration, and there is no permanent nerve damage. In this case oral/injectable steroids, therapy and night splints can be very effective. If not, surgery will be be necessary. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon. Read more...
Yes. Rest, night splint, vitamin b6 100mg / day, over the counter anti-inflammatory meds and ergonomic changes to work space. Read more...
Sure. Options include wrist splints, anti-inflammatory medications, and local steroid injections. Read more...