Most patients undergoing make a full recovery from carpal tunnel surgery, regaining full hand and wrist strength within several months. In fact, many patients experience relief of numbness and tingling in the affected hand immediately after the procedure. Carpal tunnel release surgery at the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence is performed on an outpatient basis. Our surgeons pride themselves in using a minimal incision approach to decrease pain after the procedure and to maximize recovery from carpal tunnel.
Recovery from Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Directly after carpal tunnel surgery, patients usually experience a decline in grip strength and dexterity. This is a result of the transverse carpal ligament being cut during surgery. These symptoms generally subside in the few days following surgery as the incision area heals and the hand begins to recover. Though rare, complications after carpal tunnel release surgery may include:
- Temporary tingling and numbness
- Stiffness of the hand/wrist
Returning to strenuous work right after surgery may cause the symptoms to return. Patients who work in strenuous jobs generally stay out of work for at least a month depending upon the type of surgery and the severity of the condition. People who perform light office work may return to work much sooner. It is important to follow up with a physician post-surgery to establish a specific timeline for your recovery and ensure you don’t experience pain after carpal tunnel surgery.
Rehabilitation from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
After the incision scar has fully healed, our physicians recommend physical therapy to help rebuild hand and wrist strength after the carpal tunnel surgery recovery stage. The intensity and duration of physical therapy largely depends on the type of work or daily activities you plan to perform with the recovering hand. Hand rehabilitation therapy programs may provide the following:
- Wrist strengthening
- Soft tissue mobilization
- Hand function assessment
- Dexterity training
- Ergonomic and workstation evaluation
Minimal incision carpal tunnel release reduces tissue damage at the site of incision compared to traditional open surgery. This helps reduce the required strength-building rehabilitation period. Recurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome following treatment is rare. Patients who undergo carpal tunnel release surgery can expect long-term relief of symptoms associated with CTS. At the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence, our surgeon’s unique combination of technical expertise and dedication to quality patient care produces better patient outcomes.
Los Angeles Carpal Tunnel Surgeons
The Hand Surgery Center of Excellence offers renowned orthopedic and plastic surgeons specializing in the treatment of hand conditions. Our surgeons were trained at some of the finest medical schools and residency programs in the country. They have the experience to perform your carpal tunnel surgery expertly.
Our Los Angeles surgical center, La Peer Health Systems, recently underwent renovations to upgrade to cutting-edge equipment and surgical technology. Because we only perform outpatient surgeries, there is a very low risk of infection when compared to hospital surgery centers that have sick patients in the building. With top surgeons and a great facility, the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence is the place to go for expert carpal tunnel release surgery and aftercare.
If you have any questions about carpal tunnel surgery or have any symptoms, contact our carpal tunnel surgeons by calling (888) 529-1873.
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