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Does numbness after hand surgery go away?
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Dr. Aileen Shieu
Surgery - Hand Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
It depends on how severe the numbness was before surgery and for how long you had your symptoms.
If your surgery was to repair a cut nerve, it can sometimes take 12-18 months for sensation to return and it may not be 100%. If surgery was done because your nerve is under pressure (as in carpal tunnel syndrome), the numbness may resolve quickly if your symptoms were not too constant or chronic.

In brief: Depends
It depends on how severe the numbness was before surgery and for how long you had your symptoms.
If your surgery was to repair a cut nerve, it can sometimes take 12-18 months for sensation to return and it may not be 100%. If surgery was done because your nerve is under pressure (as in carpal tunnel syndrome), the numbness may resolve quickly if your symptoms were not too constant or chronic.
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Dr. Aileen Shieu
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Agree it is variable Here is another explanation http://www.handctr.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
http://www.handsurgerypodcast.com/show-me.html
Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It should unless...
The surgery is to repair a nerve.
Even in this case the numbness should eventually improve as the nerve re-grows (takes about a month for the nerve regrowth process to "rev up" and then the nerve regrows at the rate of 1 inch/month. Any other surgery should not be associated with long term numbness, but temporary numbness can occur with many different hand surgery procedures.

In brief: It should unless...
The surgery is to repair a nerve.
Even in this case the numbness should eventually improve as the nerve re-grows (takes about a month for the nerve regrowth process to "rev up" and then the nerve regrows at the rate of 1 inch/month. Any other surgery should not be associated with long term numbness, but temporary numbness can occur with many different hand surgery procedures.
Dr. Barry Press
Dr. Barry Press
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
http://www.handsurgerypodcast.com/show-me.html
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
In brief: For most
It all is based upon where you start from and how healthy you are and timing.
I like to use the water hose analogy. If you run your car over your garden hose for an hour the hose stops and the plants dont get watered. For a few days they may wither but they and the hose will do ok after. If your car is parked on the hose for months, the hose doesnt work well after and the p;lants may not recover.

In brief: For most
It all is based upon where you start from and how healthy you are and timing.
I like to use the water hose analogy. If you run your car over your garden hose for an hour the hose stops and the plants dont get watered. For a few days they may wither but they and the hose will do ok after. If your car is parked on the hose for months, the hose doesnt work well after and the p;lants may not recover.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
http://www.handctr.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
http://www.handsurgerypodcast.com/show-me.html
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