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How to recover from carpel tunnel surgery

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Carpel tunnel can be very painful. However, it is best to get surgery if you need it, as soon as you can. The longer you put off getting the surgery the worse your wrist will feel. If you don't get the surgery when the doctor recommends it, it can lead to serious and permanent nerve damaging problems. After you get the surgery there are several things that you should do to recover quickly.

Things You Will Need

pain medication prescribed by your doctor

a driver


Step 1

Before you have the surgery, be sure you have someone that will drive you home after the surgery. Although Carpel tunnel surgery usually only lasts about 15 minutes and seems minor you will need assistance getting home as your entire arm will be numb from the anesthetics. If you decide to drive, you may get into a life threatening accident. If you can't find anyone to drive, it is best if you call a cab or a taxi.


Step 2

Take the pain medication that was prescribed by your doctor. Do not take medication that your Doctor doesn't know about. Mixing medications may cause you great harm. Most likely the Doctor will prescribe you pain reliever as you will feel some discomfort after the numbing wears off.

Step 3

Do not use your arm at all for the week after your surgery. Using your arm may cause more harm and more pain than your wrist experienced before the surgery. It is important to listen to your Doctor's persona recommendation as everyone will have different restrictions.

Step 4

Do not lift anything heavy or do any strenuous exercises for at least three weeks. Physically using your wrist may cause your muscles to tear and you may end up needing surgery again. Mountain biking, canoeing, working out at the gym and swimming are all off limits. Save your energy for when you feel completely better.

All in all, recovering from carpel tunnel is pretty easy since this surgery is so minor. However, it is important to take all of the necessary precautions so you don't hurt yourself.


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Comments

Jun 27, 2010 5:38pm
thecaregiver
Good information. People often forget what their doctor tells them to do after a surgery. Hopefully your page will give people a reminder of the dos and donts.
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