What happens after carpal tunnel surgery?
After Carpal Tunnel Release surgery your wrist will likely be in a heavy bandage or a splint for 1 to 2 weeks. Your surgeon may have you sleep with your hands elevated to decrease swelling.
During this time, you may be encouraged to move your fingers to help prevent stiffness. Once your bandages have been removed and your pain is under control, you will likely need physical therapy to help your recovery. Physical therapy will guide you through exercises that strengthen your wrist and improve flexibility to help speed up your healing process. You may still need to sometimes use a splint or brace for a month or so after surgery.
The recovery period can take anywhere from a few days to a few months. In the meantime, you may need to adjust job duties or even take time off from work while you heal. Your doctor will talk to you about activity restrictions you should follow after surgery.
Recovery from carpal tunnel surgery is anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, although it may be up to several months before you resume full function.