What to Expect From Carpal Tunnel Wrist Surgery

Dealing with wrist pain can be particularly frustrating as it makes even routine daily activities a struggle. If your tingling, numbness, weakness and pain associated with your carpal tunnel syndrome is negatively impacting your ability to sleep and your quality of life, you know that treating your condition is a priority. What’s more, if your severe carpal tunnel condition is left untreated, it can progress to permanent nerve damage.

If your hand doctor has recommended that you have carpal tunnel wrist surgery, which may be the case for you if nonsurgical carpal tunnel symptoms remedies have failed to provide you with relief,  this is what you can expect.

What the Surgery Does

Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome relieves the pressure placed on your median nerve, which is causing your weakness, pain, tingling, and numbness. As a result of the healing process following surgery, the tissues of your ligament grow back together over time in such a way to allow more room for your nerve than you had before.

How the Surgery is Performed

Carpal tunnel surgery can be performed endoscopically or as an open surgical procedure. Whichever the method, the surgery involves cutting the ligament that is pressing on your nerve. With endoscopic surgery, your hand surgeon makes one or two small incisions in your wrist or hand. An open surgery usually requires a larger incision placed on or very near the palm of the hand. Patients often report less immediate pain following endoscope carpal tunnel surgery than with open surgery.

What Recovery is Like

You will feel some pain immediately following surgery, and pain medications can help. You’ll be asked to elevate your hand to reduce stiffness and swelling. You will feel soreness, and even weakness, for a few weeks to several months following your surgery.  Your hand will be bandaged for about one week.

After your bandaged is removed, you are encouraged to use your hand in a gentle, non-forceful way.  Many patients opt to participate in physical therapy, where the therapists gradually works on your hand and wrist to assist in healing.

It may take a few months for your wrist and hand to feel normal again, though some patients find quick relief to their pain and numbness. Your gripping and pinching ability will return anywhere from two months to a year, depending on the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome prior to your surgery.  Remember, everyone is different in their recovery.

If you’re considering having carpal tunnel surgery in Florida, it’s important to contact a hand surgeon who has experience in performing carpal tunnel wrist surgeries. You can be rest assured knowing that you’re in experienced hands with the surgeons at Florida Hand Center. Contact us today to learn more about your non-surgical and surgical carpal tunnel treatment options.