How long are you out of work after carpal tunnel surgery?
If you had open surgery on your dominant hand and you do repeated actions at work, you may be able to go back to work in 6 to 8 weeks. Repeated motions include typing or assembly-line work. If the surgery was on the other hand and you don’t do repeated actions at work, you may be able to return to work in 7 to 14 days.
How painful is it after carpal tunnel surgery?
Pain after carpal tunnel surgery is common. In fact, almost all patients experience some degree of pain in their first few days. But persistent pain for several days to weeks in abnormal. You should contact your doctor if this happens.
What can you not do after carpal tunnel surgery?
Avoid or limit repetitive activities like typing for about a week to keep from creating swelling that will prolong discomfort. Limit yourself to lifting with the operative hand for a few days or so until it becomes more comfortable.
What are the side effects of having carpal tunnel surgery?
What are the risks and potential complications of carpal tunnel surgery?
- Adverse reaction or problems related to sedation or medications, such as an allergic reaction and problems with breathing.
- Delayed return to work.
- Loss of wrist strength.
- Nerve damage.
- Stiffness or pain of the incision scar.
Is it worth getting carpal tunnel surgery?
Most people with carpal tunnel syndrome only consider having surgery if other treatments don’t provide enough relief. Surgery can help relieve symptoms or make them go away for good, but it is not without risks. In carpal tunnel syndrome the median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel in your wrist, is squashed.
What happens if you wait too long to have carpal tunnel surgery?
If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome could lead to weakness, lack of coordination, and permanent nerve damage. When carpal tunnel syndrome begins to disrupt your routine, make an appointment with an orthopedic doctor. Taking action soon could mean avoiding nerve damage.
Why does my hand hurt worse after carpal tunnel surgery?
At three months following carpal tunnel surgery, your numbness and pain still could be byproducts of the procedure. Many people find the incision causes pain and irritation as it heals. In addition, a condition called ‘pillar pain,’ which is a localized reaction to the surgery, can lead to discomfort.
What medication is given after carpal tunnel surgery?
o Hydrocodone with acetaminophen (Vicodin, Norco, Lortab) ▪ 1-2 pills every 4-6 hours as needed ▪ This medication requires the actual written prescription for any refill and cannot be called in.
Do you lose strength after carpal tunnel surgery?
After having carpal tunnel release surgery, it is common for people to experience stiffness and loss of use of their hands and fingers, taking up to six months for their strength to return.
Do I need physical therapy after carpal tunnel surgery?
Following carpal tunnel release, the patient will have to wear a splint or bandage on the wrist for a period of two weeks. Our orthopedic doctor usually asks patients to undergo physical therapy as soon as the stitches from the surgery are removed.