How do you treat the incision after carpal tunnel surgery?
Protect the wound with a clean gauze and light bandage for 3 days following surgery (change daily or when soiled). Following removal of the dressing at 3 days you may shower and let water run over the incisions. Try to limit showers to no more than 5–7 minutes. Do not scrub the wound.
How long after carpal tunnel surgery can I get my hand wet?
You may shower 24 to 48 hours after surgery, if your doctor okays it. Keep your bandage dry by taping a sheet of plastic to cover it. If you have a splint, keep it dry.
How long after hand surgery can I shower?
You can take a shower 24 hours after your surgery. Do not take baths. To take a shower safely: Before you shower, wrap your operated arm or hand in plastic (such as a plastic bag) to protect the area.
When can I get my incision wet after surgery?
After 48 hours, surgical wounds can get wet without increasing the risk of infection. After this time, you can get your stitches wet briefly with a light spray (such as in the shower), but they should not be soaked (for example, in the bath). Make sure you pat the area dry afterwards.
Can you overdo it after carpal tunnel surgery?
After the carpal tunnel incision has healed, hand activity is not harmful to the recovery process. Doing too much with the hands after surgery can be sore, but it does not cause long-lasting damage.
How painful is it after carpal tunnel surgery?
Pain after carpal tunnel surgery is common. In fact, almost all patients experience some degree of pain in their first few days. But persistent pain for several days to weeks in abnormal. You should contact your doctor if this happens.
How long do stitches stay in after carpal tunnel surgery?
The stitches are removed 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. The pain and numbness may go away right after surgery or may take several months to subside. Try to avoid heavy use of your hand for up to 3 months.
Is it better to keep stitches covered or uncovered?
A: Airing out most wounds isn’t beneficial because wounds need moisture to heal. Leaving a wound uncovered may dry out new surface cells, which can increase pain or slow the healing process. Most wound treatments or coverings promote a moist — but not overly wet — wound surface.
Can I take a shower with Steri-strips?
Steri-Strips: You can wash or shower with Steri-Strips in place. Clean the area with mild soap and water and gently pat dry with a clean towel or cloth. Do not pull, tug or rub Steri-Strips. The Steri-Strips will fall off on their own within two weeks.
How do you shower after wrist surgery?
You should be careful to keep the wound clean and dry for the first 48 hours after surgery. Beginning on the third day after surgery it is OK to shower directly over your Steri- Strips (they won’t come off). It is also OK to use soap on your hand and over the Steri-Strips. This shower should be quick.