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How long could it take to recover from carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel surgery?

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Dr. Robert Gluck
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on severity

Somewhat different for the two.
Carpal tunnel involving the median nerve at the wrist has a very quick recovery with many people feeling better immediately after surgery and returning to work sometimes in the same week or at most 3 or 4 weeks later. Cubital tunnel is very different involving the ulnar nerve at the elbow and sometimes requiring transposition of the nerve. Recovery is longer.

In brief: Depends on severity

Somewhat different for the two.
Carpal tunnel involving the median nerve at the wrist has a very quick recovery with many people feeling better immediately after surgery and returning to work sometimes in the same week or at most 3 or 4 weeks later. Cubital tunnel is very different involving the ulnar nerve at the elbow and sometimes requiring transposition of the nerve. Recovery is longer.
Dr. Robert Gluck
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Open or endoscopic?

Depending on the surgical technique, recovery is between 2-6 weeks.
There is minimal difference between the recovery times for endoscopic and open carpal tunnel releases. However, there are many options for cubital tunnel syndrome. Endoscopic cubital tunnel release has a 1-2 week recovery time. Submuscular ulnar nerve transposition requires 6 weeks of restricted motion, followed by therapy.

In brief: Open or endoscopic?

Depending on the surgical technique, recovery is between 2-6 weeks.
There is minimal difference between the recovery times for endoscopic and open carpal tunnel releases. However, there are many options for cubital tunnel syndrome. Endoscopic cubital tunnel release has a 1-2 week recovery time. Submuscular ulnar nerve transposition requires 6 weeks of restricted motion, followed by therapy.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: 6 and 12 weeks

About 6 weeks for a carpal tunnel release and about 12 weeks for a cubital tunnel release.

In brief: 6 and 12 weeks

About 6 weeks for a carpal tunnel release and about 12 weeks for a cubital tunnel release.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Mark Khorsandi
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: 1 week to 3 months

The majority of my patients are back to work with unrestricted activities in 8 days after endoscopic carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel release.
Most can do light duties at their desk the next day. Now if they have more labor intensive jobs or it's a workman's compensation injury, then it could take longer.

In brief: 1 week to 3 months

The majority of my patients are back to work with unrestricted activities in 8 days after endoscopic carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel release.
Most can do light duties at their desk the next day. Now if they have more labor intensive jobs or it's a workman's compensation injury, then it could take longer.
Dr. Mark Khorsandi
Dr. Mark Khorsandi
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