Hi , got my right done on the 12th. ..so today is day #7...haven't used my hand at all. It's my right that got worked on...I have been using ice,putting it up..it is sort of stiff.I have been moving my fingers but I feel like I am constantly looking for aftercare instructions. Because what I find is that every one have different advice from their doctors. My doctor told me what to but in bit by bit so I am very unsure. Like do I really not use my hand at all for 12 days until I get the stitches out? And can I go out and walk. ..is it far enough away from the surgery for me to be ok..to be able to go back to walking? ..I went out for a walk on day#5 and got dizzy. ..that's why I am wondering. .being really carful with my hand. .I hope I am doing everything right! ! I have it really bad...8 years now..have to get the other hand done too!!
Hi. I had mine done 16 days ago. Had my dominant hand done. Elevated it 3 days straight as advised and just moved fingers as much as I could....again as advised. Day 5 I took bandage off and just changed dressing and left bandage off, again as advised. When out I wore it in a sling as it would throb.Kept it totally dry until day 10 when I had stitches out. At this point it was still swollen and they actually had to cut into my scar to remove them. But I have been driving 2 days without issue. Can hoover, style my hair, care for my children etc. I cant unscrew things but I can push doors open. I've massaged scar this past week with bio oil and although a tad puffy I can touch scar without pain. The issues I had have ceased and I'm thrilled with my recovery. I was told to use it every day as much as I can. I was given an exercise sheet when I left after my op. I have had serious surgery several times before and was told to get active after every one. If it hurts stop if not fine. But if you've been told different I would follow it. I was also offered physio on day 10 attended on day 13 they checked my range of motion said I had a textbook recovery of someone who followed orders. I am happy to be getting my other hand done. Good luck.
I had open capal tunnel release on last Thursday. It hurts pretty bad. I keep it elevated day and at night. Dr. Prescribed no medications. Just 800mg motrin. I try and bend my fingers everyday. So they don't get locked up. I have a 2 to 3 inch cut. I notice when I bend my knuckles they feel tight. I hope that some things I've mentioned help.
I had open carpel tunnel release surgery Feb 10th on both hands plus trigger finger release surgery on one thumb. I returned to work 2 days after my surgery, I think the fact that I used my hands immediately helped with my recovery. I just had my stitches out this week, the 22nd. Seems everyone is different in their recovery. Good luck.
I had carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel (elbow) release surgery on 2/8/15. Stitches removed 12/17/15. Healed well except for the fact that I've had to shovel and carry in firewood.Impossible to do one- handed- also recent widow. I do get sharp pains down through palm when I abuse it. Plan on having dominant hand done in spring
OK. day of surgery, started flexing fingers and wrist. Continued with pain meds for 2 days, icing every 2 hours and doing finger flexations. Today is day 6, rewrapped hand twice, keeping it clean; incision is about 2 inches long. Doing everything that does not hurt. Minor pain, no pain meds. Toughen up! Anesthesia wears off in a few days; push the water and exercise. Driving, cooking, living life.
Hi I have just found this group, my husband is schedule for this surgery the 5th of January! I was wondering how soon he will be able to do things and if he will need prescription pain pills? We are going to a ballroom dance competition in February which the dr said he will be fine for, but my husband didn't ask him how soon we will be able to practice! It is not his dominate hand but it is his left hand for dance hold! Just curious what people think? thanks!
Hello. I'm now 9 days post op having had open carpal Tunnel release on my right hand.
I was told to start moving my fingers (making a light fist then straightening my fingers) 10 times every half hour starting straight after the surgery and to elevate my hand for the first 2-3 days. During surgery I got to see inside my hand and move my fingers so I could see how it all worked inside and appreciate why I needed to move it.
My hand was then put in a fairly heavy padded bandage with a dressing over the wound straight after surgery and I was told to remove the bandage on day 3 and change the dressing. I was told I could then leave the bandage off if I wanted.
I did exactly as I was told.
I stayed at home the day following surgery but then started walking 2-3 miles each day since.
Ive left the bandage off when sitting still or just walking about the house but put a light bandage on when out and about or when busying around the house. Ive done this mainly to remind myself to be careful and avoid knocks (I'm very clumsy).
Today was the first day I've been out walking with only the dressing on and no bandage.
I've put the bandage on in bed- again to remind myself to be careful and avoid knocking it in my sleep.
Spoke to my car insurance company and they say I can drive when my Doc says I can. I haven't driven yet as I don't think I'm safe to do so yet. I reckon another week or so.
So .. how is the hand now? Well.. the horrible numbness & tingling in my hand & fingers and the excruciating pain in my hand & arm disappeared straight after surgery. The hand was very stiff and sore for the first few days so I kept myself topped up with painkillers so I could move the fingers as I'd been told to do. Since then I've stopped taking pain killers as it's sore but not so much that I need pain relief.
I can now make a good fist, Straighten my fingers well and flex & extend my wrist well. It hurts a bit and I'm careful not to push it too far (I can feel when enough is enough). Rotating the wrist is a step too far just now. I can use the hand for anything that doesn't put too much pressure on the hand and lift light things with it.
The wound is tender as you'd expect. The stitches come out tomorrow so then the next step begins.. I'll ask the specialist nurse at the hand what to do when she takes the stitches out.
I'm seeing my GP the day after and I'll get his advice on driving.
I have 2 very hands on jobs (physio Rehab support worker and Auxilliary Nurse) so I've been told I'll need 6 weeks off work by my bosses and colleagues ( they should know 🙂 Again I'll discuss with my Doc at my appointment.
So far i feel my recovery is going well.
I hope you feel better soon.
I'll update after my stitches are out and I've spoken to my GP
Ive had cts for over 20 years. Had surgery last year May, 2017. After sugery, the humbness disappeared, that night. So I am an armwrestler and grip is very important to this sport. So I went to therapy. Surgery kills your grip. I lost at least 90+% strength in my surgery hand. But I worked at it and took up this new sport that attacked the grip directly. Called gripsports. In this sport you work you finger and hand strength to extremes. In the 4 months of traijing in this grip sport, Ive recovered about 40% of my strength. Mind you, after surgery I couldnt even open a peanut butter jar. I had alkost no grip strength. Now, after working at it several times a week, my grip strength is at a point where I exceed the normal grip for a 60 year old and have rhe same grip strength of a 20 year old. So, i was told by my therapist that it takes at least a year before full recovery takes place, the pinkie and ring finger being the last. I notice a steady, but slow, improvement of my grip. I believe you can recover all strength in your grip after carpel tunnel surgery and even exceed your precious power in your hand. But it will take hard work and determination and a mental approach in which you put all failure out of your mind. The body is an amazing organism capable of rebuilding tissues and compensating for other shortcomings. The key, I know, is to work hard and never say I cant. I plan to build the strength in my hand to levels that exceed what strength I had previous to CTS.