Things You Will Need
pain medication prescribed by your doctor
Step 1Before 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 2Take 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 3Do 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 4Do 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.