Is surgery the only option for carpal tunnel?
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.
How long are you out of work for carpal tunnel surgery?
If you had open surgery on your dominant hand and you do repeated actions at work, you may be able to return 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 do not do repeated actions at work, you may be able to return to work in 7 to 14 days.
When should I see a doctor about carpal tunnel?
Dr. Fakhouri recommends seeing a surgeon if: Your symptoms have not improved over several weeks to months of non-surgical treatment. You have lost your hand, thumb or finger function, which indicates your median nerve is compromised and you are at risk for median nerve damage.
Are you awake for carpal tunnel surgery?
Carpal tunnel surgery can be performed while you are awake, which allows you to avoid the negative aspects of general anesthesia while still getting the full benefit of the procedure.
What happens if carpal tunnel is left untreated?
If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to weakness and lack of coordination in your fingers and thumb. Treatment can relieve pressure on the nerve and, for most people, eliminate their symptoms. The carpal tunnel is a small passageway on the palm side of your wrist.
What are the side effects of having carpal tunnel surgery?
Side-effects of carpal tunnel release surgery
- pain and discomfort along the cut on your hand.
- stiffness in your hand.
- swelling – keeping your hand up should help to reduce this.
- a noticeable scar that will gradually fade.
- your scar feeling tender after the operation – this usually settles down within a few months.
How do you know if your carpal tunnel is severe?
As carpal tunnel syndrome becomes more severe, you may have less grip strength because the muscles in your hand shrink. Pain and muscle cramping will also become worse. The median nerve begins to lose function because of the irritation or pressure around it.
Can you damage your hand after carpal tunnel surgery?
Your hand will hurt and may feel weak with some numbness. This usually goes away in a few days, but it may take several months. Your doctor may remove the large bandage, or he or she will tell you when and how to remove it yourself. In some cases, you may have a splint.
Can I use my hand after carpal tunnel surgery?
Your wrist will likely be in a heavy bandage or a splint for 1 to 2 weeks. Doctors usually schedule another appointment to remove the bandage or splint. During this time, you may be encouraged to move your fingers to help prevent stiffness. You’ll probably have pain in your hand and wrist after surgery.
How do doctors test for carpal tunnel?
Nerve conduction study.
In a variation of electromyography, two electrodes are taped to your skin. A small shock is passed through the median nerve to see if electrical impulses are slowed in the carpal tunnel. This test may be used to diagnose your condition and rule out other conditions.
How painful is 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.
Does carpal tunnel hurt all the time?
At first, symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome come and go, but as the condition worsens, symptoms may become constant. Pain may radiate up the arm all the way to the shoulder. Over time, if untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause the muscles on the thumb side of your hand to waste away (atrophy).
How soon can I use my hand after carpal tunnel surgery?
Most patients who have carpal tunnel release regain full use of their hand, with full motion and return of strength within about 4 weeks after their surgery.
Can I go back to work after carpal tunnel surgery?
Conclusions Our study suggests that workers will return to work in less than 3 weeks if recommended by the surgeon. A randomized controlled trial is warranted to determine if a higher proportion of workers returning in less than 3 weeks can be obtained by standardizing surgeons’ recommendations.