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How quickly does the median nerve repair itself after being damaged during carpal tunnel release?

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Dr. Randy Hauck
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Patients with intermittent symptoms before carpal tunnel surgery are usually better the same day.
If the nerve has been significantly injured-usually the fingers are always numb-the sensation may return over months to years. If the muscle has been lost for over a year, it will never recover.

In brief: Depends

Patients with intermittent symptoms before carpal tunnel surgery are usually better the same day.
If the nerve has been significantly injured-usually the fingers are always numb-the sensation may return over months to years. If the muscle has been lost for over a year, it will never recover.
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Dr. Daniel Mass
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on the damag

If the median nerve is partially or completely cut it needs to be surgically repaired.
If it is bruised then it should be better in 6-8 weeks. The problem is you do not want to wait 6-8 weeks if the nerve is cut. After 10 days you may need a nerve graft rather than a primary repair.

In brief: Depends on the damag

If the median nerve is partially or completely cut it needs to be surgically repaired.
If it is bruised then it should be better in 6-8 weeks. The problem is you do not want to wait 6-8 weeks if the nerve is cut. After 10 days you may need a nerve graft rather than a primary repair.
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: For most

It may be based upon where you start from and how healthy you are and timing.
The extent of the nerve compression, the amount of scarring, age, and many factors . There is not one set answer but a range depending upon all these factors.

In brief: For most

It may be based upon where you start from and how healthy you are and timing.
The extent of the nerve compression, the amount of scarring, age, and many factors . There is not one set answer but a range depending upon all these factors.
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Dr. Gary Pess
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: Depends

If the nerve is completely cut, recovery will require at least 2-3 years.

In brief: Depends

If the nerve is completely cut, recovery will require at least 2-3 years.
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