Nerves Surgery Recovery
Tunnel Surgery Recovery
How long will I be in hospital following carpal
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
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
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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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.
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