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Post Recovery Period of Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Post Recovery Period of Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Carpal Tunnel Surgery is used to treat a painful condition of hand and fingers caused by compression of a major nerve. Post recovery period of carpal tunnel treatment surgery is subjected to change. Certain individual conditions affect the recovery period. Carpal tunnel surgery in both hands may take up to a little more time to recover. In this case, you may follow certain steps in order to get relief from the pain.

Steps you might follow after the surgery

  • By elevating your hands above the chest and moving your fingers can provide you a certain relief from the pain. By doing this you can prevent your hands from swelling and stiffness.
  • Wearing a splint or wrist brace for some weeks can provide you with support for your wrist. A doctor's recommendation is required in this case.
  • You can be encouraged to put ice on surgical spots once or twice a day. This will give you some relief.
  • If the pain persists for a longer period of time after the surgery is over or if you feel weakness, you can take the help of a hand therapist.

Recovery period may vary considering the individual difference. The condition of the median nerve plays an important role in case of carpal tunnel treatment surgery and recovery period can vastly be affected by this. Age, health and mental condition of an individual can also affect the recovery period.


There are certain stages of development and the progress of recovery could exactly follow the same stages:

  • About one week after the surgery bandage and stitches are removed.
  • Within two to three weeks patients can slowly become active in their daily work. They should be careful in this situation. Lifting heavy weight should be avoided. Patients can feel gradual decrease of pain during this time. Massaging the scar area with lotion can give some more relief. Apart from this, driving a car, lifting light weights are allowed during this stage.
  • After four weeks of surgery, patients can gain full mobility. They should consult a therapist beforehand to make things better.
  • After six to eight weeks, patients can return to their daily activity. In this stage, patients can still feel the soreness.
  • When the surgery period exceeds one year, patients can feel the benefits of the Carpal Tunnel Surgery to its best. Patients who have opted for Carpal Tunnel Surgery in both hands can also enjoy its full benefits. But patients with the severe Median nerve issue should be careful in using their hands against daily activities.

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**Disclaimer- Information presented here is not intended to be qualified medical advice. Nothing expressed herein creates a doctor-patient relationship.