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Recovering from Open Carpal tunnel release hand surgery this is day #7

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!!

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  • emma61185 emma61185 Jujuhauptman

    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.

    • emma61185 emma61185 Jujuhauptman

      Hi. Everyone is different. I know 2 people who've had the same op in recent years both had stories like mine in recovery terms. Day 4 I started using a stress ball, would turn a page, hold a pencil write one word slowly, held a teaspoon when I made a cuppa nothing major but didn't NOT use it if able. I guess day 11 was the day 1 day after my stitches were removed it felt 10x better. I cleaned the house like normal that day. I'm not saying I'm pain free. Yesterday it ached come the evening so I elevated it. Depends, my scar is only an inch and a half and falls in a comfortable spot. It was tender but I still massaged it day 10 onwards. The tissue around it is hard my palm feels a bit puffier but I was told my palm could thicken a little and stay forever, my friends did. I have moments when it hurts and I stop and my fingers can feel tight but 5 minutes later its normal again. If you're really not sure can you ring someone. I was given the nurses number to ring if I was unsure about anything. Think I received a lot of advice and aftercare but I'm someone who asks a million questions. Good luck. X

  • tammy 20085 tammy 20085 Jujuhauptman

    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.

    • Jujuhauptman Jujuhauptman tammy 20085

      I also feel the stiff fingers..the doctor told me to imagine I have a stress ball I squeezING in my hand as much as possible. I have been doing this. But still my hand is stiff and is somewhat bruised. I was just wondering if I am not supposed to use my hand at all until I get the stitches out? I have been just using my left hand for every thing. ..are you using your hand for anything?

    • Jujuhauptman Jujuhauptman tammy 20085

      Thank you for all your help! ! I hope you feel better. .I didn't know what the recovery was like at all...but that I thought I wouldn't be able to use my hand for a while. But definitely sure now ..it's a long recovery! ! I am assuming you still have your stitches in...do you have to wash them everyday? What kind of soap do you use? I have been using Dial bar soap ,but it's drying out my hand..

    • tammy 20085 tammy 20085 Jujuhauptman

      My dr. Wrapped mine up. He didnt say if I could take it off. Yes i still have 5 stitches. Its wrapped with cause, with a half cast on top then wrapped with ace wrap. I go today for post op appts. I have washed ot or anything..

    • Jujuhauptman Jujuhauptman tammy 20085

      Hi...how did your doctor appointment go? Did you get the stitches out? I guess everyone has different directions about aftercare. I was suppose to leave it alone and use ice, putting it up on a pillow, on day 3..wash it once a day with antibacterial soap..then put a bandage on it and wrap it back up and so once aday. It still aches and hurts half the day. .just comes on out of no where. I have a yellow and purple bruise that's turning colors

    • tammy 20085 tammy 20085 Jujuhauptman

      I missed my appt .I go in the morning at 8:45.I will post how it goes. My 6Yr old son had surgery on his ears Thursday and wasn't feeling well Friday, an he missed school so I had rescheduled it. I can't wait to get stitches out. An go to next step. Have had dressings off all day. I'll keep you posted about tomorrow's appt.

    • Jujuhauptman Jujuhauptman tammy 20085

      Awwwww I am sorry to hear about your son. ..but if he had surgery, must mean he has a lot of ear infections. I will pray for that he feels better. I also have a 6 years and a 8 year ...two boys. My son on the first day of school pushed a Lego toy hand inside his ear...then waited two days to tell me until he b had a 103.5 degree fever. Had to get surgery to remove it. We were nervous. ..but he was perfectly fine..!! My hand was feeling better, well ok for a few days...then about two days ago. .stated feeling stabbing pains in Palm and wrist. I read this is nerves healing...I go back on the 24th to get the stitches out and find out what is next!!!

    • tammy 20085 tammy 20085 Jujuhauptman

      Oh my, a toy in his ear. My son had impacted ear wax that wouldn't come out in the SCENT office. He did good. Dr told us to continue to put sweet oil in his ears twice a week. We went today and had my stitches taken out. It hurt some. Wrote a script for a stabilizer forearm splint. To wear 24 hrs a day for 2weeks. Take off only to shower . oh they also glued down 6 steri strips. Wash around it, an not to scrub area that was cut. Didn't order therapy. Just to bend my fingers an exercise them with splint on. An no lifting anything with hand, said it may take up to 6months for recovery or longer.

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