What to Expect After Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

What happens after carpal tunnel surgery?

After carpal tunnel surgery, you will be put in a recovery room. In this room, you will be with other post-operative patients, and healthcare professionals will be ready to aid you with any problems or fears. Typically patients are discharges within one to three hours.

The hand will be wrapped up and the stitches removed between 10 and 14 days later.

How long will the pain last?

For many, the pain and numbness cause by their CTS will be gone immediately after the procedure. For others, however, this relief can take up to a few months.

Regardless of your personal experience, the hand should not be used in strenuous activity for about three months afterwards.

When can I return to work?

Many patients can return to work in about a week as long as the surgery was on their non-dominant hand and their job does not require intensely repetitive use of the hand. If, however, it was on the dominant hand and the tasks required at work may be risky, you might need between 6 and twelve weeks to recover.