Recovering from carpal tunnel surgery
The wrist pain, numbness and weakness that is characteristic of carpal tunnel syndrome can keep you from doing the things you love. If you’ve tried nonsurgical treatments, but haven’t found relief from your symptoms, you’re invited to come and talk to the experts at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. Watch this featured video to hear one of our skilled orthopedic surgeons explain the dramatic relief of symptoms that patients can generally expect following carpal tunnel surgery.
Returning home after surgery
After the surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area and monitored until you’re ready to return home. A responsible adult should be available to take you home and stay with you for a while. He or she can also review your discharge instructions with the nurse.
Managing medications after surgery
It’s normal to experience some pain as the anesthesia begins to wear off. Take prescribed pain medications as directed by your doctor. If these aren’t enough to control your discomfort, you or your caregiver can call the hospital to ask for further guidance.
You may be prescribed antibiotics to prevent an infection. It’s important to finish the full course of antibiotics, even if you aren’t showing signs of an infection.
Restricting activity after surgery
Your healthcare provider will let you know how long you must rest after carpal tunnel surgery . The length of your recovery depends on individual factors, including whether you had open or minimally invasive surgery and whether the surgery affects your dominant hand. During your recovery, it’s important not to lift heavy things or otherwise strain the affected hand.
While you rest, your doctor may ask that you do the following:
- Use ice packs to reduce the swelling.
- Keep the affected hand elevated.
- Wear a brace or splint for a few weeks.
- Keep the surgical site clean and dry.
Doing physical therapy after surgery
Your doctor will let you know when you can start doing physical therapy. Your physical therapist will walk you through some gentle stretches and exercises. These are designed to restore strength and flexibility.
When you have your carpal tunnel surgery at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center , you’ll benefit from sophisticated medical technology and highly trained healthcare providers who genuinely care about your quality of life. Our surgical services department attracts the top surgeons in their field, thanks to our hospital’s reputation for healthcare excellence and superior patient safety. You can request a physician referral by calling