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Peripheral Nerves Surgery Recovery

Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery

How long will I be in hospital following carpal tunnel surgery?

Normally carpal tunnel decompression is done as a day procedure. Admission to hospital is in the early morning, and discharge is usually during the late afternoon. Because of changes to health insurance rules, it is only appropriate to stay overnight if there is a specific medical need.

What can I expect after carpal tunnel surgery?

After surgery, the hand is wrapped. The stitches are removed 10 to 14 days after surgery. You may be directed to wear a splint for several weeks. Your wrist and hand will naturally be sore for a few days, especially in the first 48 hours. The pain and numbness may go away right after surgery or may take several months to subside completely. You should not be alarmed by this, and keeping the hand elevated (on a pillow or two during the first night at home) will help. If you have been given a sling, you should only need it for a day or two, three at the most. After that period, it is better to discard the sling and use the arm in a natural way. You should keep the wrist straight as much as you can, until the stitches are removed.

When you return to work depends upon whether the dominant hand (the hand you use most) was involved, your work activities, and the effort that you put into rehabilitative physical therapy. Try to avoid heavy use of your hand for up to 3 months.

You will have been given an appointment from 10 to 14 days after the operation when the stitches will be removed and progress will be reviewed. You can flex the fingers regularly (though not forcibly) even while the hand is still bandaged, but you should avoid getting the hand wet and you should not use it for heavy work until you have been reviewed.

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Ulnar Nerve - Cubital Tunnel Surgery Recovery

Recovery from cubital tunnel surgery requires 2 to 3 months before resuming unrestricted use of the extremity. Months may be required before the maximum benefits of surgery are achieved. In severe cases with loss of sensation and muscle wasting, complete recovery may not be possible. With proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment, progression of this condition may be prevented.

LCFN Surgery Recovery

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