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Helping you to make a speedy recovery after carpal tunnel release
What to expect after the operation
The operation involves a cut being made at the base of the palm.
You are likely to be discharged with a dressing that supports and protects the incision but which leaves the fingers free for movement. Dressings should be kept dry so, when bathing, it is advisable to cover your dressing using a large-sized rubber glove or a plastic bag.
After your operation, you will be working with a physiotherapist, who will monitor your specific needs. However, some general rules that are useful for everyone are:
- Hand elevation is important to prevent swelling and stiffness of the fingers.
- Please remember not to walk with your hand dangling, or to sit with your hand held in your lap.
- It is fine, however, to lower your hand for light use and you should get back to normal light activities as soon as possible as guided by common sense.
- It is safe to use the fingers for day-to-day activities such as eating, dressing, brushing your hair which prevents stiffness and swelling.
The pain and tingling you experienced at night before the operation should settle immediately.
Your stitches will be removed at about 10 to 14 days after the operation.
You will find that your grip is weaker than before the operation and slightly uncomfortable. This can be a bit frustrating but you should be back to full power by about 12 weeks as healing occurs. Exercises, such as squeezing balls, will not speed the process and indeed if overdone can delay recovery.
Painkillers may well cause constipation, so it’s important to get plenty of fibre in your diet while you are recovering. Fresh fruit and vegetables will help to keep your bowels moving regularly.