Recovery Times After Carpal Tunnel Surgery2018-09-08T01:55:45+00:00

Recovery Times After Carpal Tunnel Surgery

People often hear that Carpal Tunnel Surgery is quick and easy to perform, implying that it is no big deal. From a surgeon’s perspective, that is true.

A Carpal Tunnel Release Surgical Procedure generally takes less than 30 minutes and the incision does not need to penetrate deep into the body to sever the Transverse Carpal Ligament.

For a Surgeon, it is one of the simplest procedures to perform. It can be done as an “out-patient” procedure, so you do not have to spend the night in the hospital. From that perspective, it is relatively simple.

However, from a patient’s perspective, you might say not so fast.

Recovery Times After Carpal Tunnel Surgery

We all take our hand function for granted until we lose it. Without full use of both hands, life can get complicated. Almost every task takes longer to do. Some simple tasks have to be done for the patient by somebody else during the recovery period. There can be a lot of pain and tenderness at the incision point. Hand use is almost completely eliminated for some period.

So, what are the recovery times after Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

In brief, full recovery from Carpal Tunnel Surgery can take six weeks to over a year.   It can involve a lot of visits to a physical therapist for rehabilitation over the course of that time frame. This is a broad time frame and depends on many factors.   Some of the factors include the unpredictable formation of scar tissue.

The Transverse Carpal Ligament is severed during surgery.   It has be likened to a nylon rope and is the strongest ligament holding the bones and muscles of the hand together in a compact and functional manner.

Once it is severed hand strength is completely compromised until it heals back together. As with most parts of the body, it is less strong and functional after it has been severed and scars back together.

Transverse Carpal Ligament Severed and Released
hand bandages after carpal tunnel surgery

What to expect after surgery.

For several weeks following surgery, the hand has to be bandaged in such a way to restrict movement and minimize scar tissue development. It is important to allow the healing to go undisturbed.

The stitches can usually be removed at: 2 ½ to 4 weeks.   However, the healing continues under the skin for at least six weeks and up to eight weeks.

Rushing back to activity too fast after cts surgery can cause complications with scar tissue formationRushing back to activity too fast can cause complications with scar tissue formation and delayed healing or further injury of the soft tissue surrounding this delicate narrow passage at the base of the hand.

The tendons that control the movement of your hand and fingers all run through the Carpal Tunnel proximate to the Median Nerve.   This is one of the reasons hand movement should be kept to a minimum during the early weeks of recovery after the procedure. Re-injury is not pleasant and can lead to significant scar tissue development.

Patients are often surprised to find some of the effects of surgery can lead to permanent limitations.

A “full recovery” may not be in the cards for every patient.   For example, it is common to have permanent loss of grip strength. So, opening a jar, gripping a golf club, or holding garden tools firmly for digging might be compromised permanently.

Also, patients commonly report long-term tenderness at the point of incision, making it somewhat uncomfortable to ride a bike, gripping the handle bars. It can be difficult to grip a ski pole firmly for a secure pole plant on the ski slopes. You can also lose comfortable range of motion due to the formation of scar tissue.   These effects are often permanent.

All in all, surgery is not to be taken lightly from a patient’s perspective.     Surgery has to be repeated in about 85% of cases within seven years because it is not a permanent fix.   You can learn more about the potential risks on this website under the title: Risks and Complications of Carpal Tunnel Surgery.

Choosing the right surgeon.

You should avoid surgery if you canthe medical community at large concur that carpal tunnel surgery should only be considered as a last resort., but if you feel that you have exhausted all clinically documented treatments, and need to resort to surgery on your hand, you should pick a good surgeon with a strong track record and schedule sufficient downtime for full recovery. It would also be wise to line up someone who can lend you a hand when needed during recovery.   Handicapped people or caregivers taking care of a loved one, find it particularly difficult to line up the support.

If your symptoms do not go away after two or three months post-surgery, or you have new symptoms you did not have before surgery. You should visit the specialist to see what is going on with your hand.   Patient survey’s give surgery a 50 to 60% success rate, so it is not unusual to have after effects and a long recovery period.

There is still hope after Carpal Tunnel Sugery.

Whatever your situation post-surgery, do not lose hope or despair because the symptoms did not go away as you had expected and hoped.   There is a non-invasive, clinically documented treatment you can turn to.

There is hope for a carpal tunnel cure that works

It was developed by Doctors and has a 97% success rate. It is called the Carpal Solution Therapy and has been used successfully by over 100,000 people.

Also, if you haven’t had surgery and are just looking into it. You should try the Carpal Solution before you consider the surgical procedure.

The Carpal Solution even works for people after surgery has failed.   You must wait at least two months after surgery before you use the Carpal Solution Therapy.

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We at First Hand Medical encourage all potential carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers to seek a accurate diagnosis from your physician while you begin using the Carpal Solution to control your symptoms.

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