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What to Expect After Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Have you recently had carpal tunnel surgery, or are you considering it in the near future? Knowing what to expect after the procedure is important to ensure a smooth recovery. At Ovation Hand Institute, we understand the concerns and uncertainties that come with carpal tunnel surgery and are here to guide you through the post-operative process.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that affects the hand and wrist, causing pain, numbness, and tingling. When conservative treatments fail to provide relief, carpal tunnel surgery may be recommended. While the surgery is a proven and effective solution, understanding what to expect afterward is crucial for optimal recovery.

At Ovation Hand Institute, we specialize in carpal tunnel surgery and prioritize our patients’ well-being. We believe that being informed about the post-operative phase can help alleviate anxiety and ensure a successful recovery. In this article, we will discuss what you can expect after carpal tunnel surgery, including the recovery timeline, potential complications, and tips for a smooth healing process.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed or squeezed at the wrist. This compression can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers. It is often caused by repetitive hand movements or an underlying medical condition. To learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome, its symptoms, and its causes, visit our FAQs page.

When Do You Need Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome may be necessary when conservative treatments fail to alleviate symptoms or when the condition becomes severe. If symptoms persist or worsen despite non-surgical interventions such as splinting, medication, or physical therapy, surgery may be recommended. Additionally, surgery may be necessary to prevent further nerve damage if there is muscle weakness or loss of hand function.

The decision to undergo surgery will ultimately depend on the individual’s specific circumstances and the recommendation of a hand specialist. At Ovation Hand Institute, our experienced providers can assess your condition and provide personalized treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome.

How is the Carpal Tunnel Surgery Performed?

Carpal tunnel surgery, also known as carpal tunnel release, aims to relieve pressure on the median nerve by cutting the ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel. Traditional techniques require open surgery, but at Ovation Hand Institute, we rely on a superior, ultra-minimally-invasive procedure that doesn’t require a surgical incision. This means that your post-carpal tunnel surgery restrictions are relatively short. In fact, Ovation patients’ carpal tunnel surgery recovery time off work is often as little as 1-2 days.

What to Expect After Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Carpal tunnel surgery recovery requires realistic expectations. Restrictions after carpal tunnel surgery can vary depending on factors such as the type of surgery performed, the individual’s healing ability and adherence to post-operative care instructions. Here are some general expectations and milestones you can anticipate after the Ovation Technique:

  • Immediate post-operative period: You may experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort in the hand and wrist. Your hand and fingers may feel weak or sensitive initially.
  • Gradual improvement: As your body heals, you should notice a gradual reduction in discomfort and numbness. However, it’s important to remember that complete resolution of symptoms may take several weeks to months.
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation: Starting at 2 weeks post-operative you may begin at-home exercises provided by Ovation Hand Institute. Physical therapy is not commonly needed after the Ovation Technique, but if indicated your provider may recommend physical or occupational therapy to help restore strength, flexibility, and function to your hand and wrist.
  • Return to work and activities: The timing of returning to work and other activities will depend on the nature of your job, and your overall progress. Light activities can often be resumed within a few days, while heavier tasks may require a longer recovery period.
  • Long-term outcomes: In most cases, carpal tunnel surgery provides long-lasting relief from symptoms. However, it’s important to maintain good ergonomics, take breaks during repetitive activities, and follow a healthy lifestyle to prevent recurrence.

Find Relief for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Ovation Hand Institute

At Ovation Hand Institute, we understand the impact that carpal tunnel syndrome can have on your daily life. Our team of experienced hand specialists is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and helping you achieve the best possible outcomes. If you’re seeking relief from carpal tunnel syndrome or have any questions about the surgery or recovery process, we encourage you to reach out to us for personalized care and guidance.

Interested in learning more? Book your consultation with us and start your journey today.