How long does bandage stay on after carpal tunnel surgery?
Surgery usually takes place as a day case and normally takes between 4-6 weeks to recover from. Please leave the dressing intact, keeping it clean and dry. After 48 hours remove the bandages and padding but leave the small white dressing in place. The dressing can be changed if it becomes loose or dirty.
How soon can I get my hand wet after carpal tunnel surgery?
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.
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.
Can I use my fingers after carpal tunnel surgery?
What happens after carpal tunnel surgery? Your wrist will likely be in a heavy bandage or a splint for 1 to 2 weeks. Doctors usually schedule another appointment to remove the bandage or splint. During this time, you may be encouraged to move your fingers to help prevent stiffness.
How soon after carpal tunnel surgery can I shower?
You can shower after the surgery but you should cover your bandage with a plastic bag. Keep your dressing clean and dry. After 3 days you may remove it and change it if you wish. Otherwise you can keep it on until your suture removal appointment 10-14 days after your surgery.
How long are fingers numb after carpal tunnel surgery?
After surgery, the hand is wrapped. 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.
Should I move my fingers after wrist surgery?
Start to exercise your fingers, thumb, elbow and shoulder immediately after surgery. It is important to keep these joints moving to stop them from stiffening. Initially, it might feel uncomfortable to do these exercises but with regular practice they will become easier and your movement will improve.
Is it normal for fingers to swell after carpal tunnel surgery?
* Yes. It is normal to experience some swelling and pain after your surgery. Applying ice will decrease the amount of pain and swelling you may have. Taking your pain medicine as directed should control the pain.
How long after carpal tunnel can I drive?
It is sensible to wait until your wound has healed to prevent your stitches from loosening and your wound opening. This usually takes 10-14 days. Most people are able to begin gentle driving approximately two weeks after their carpal tunnel surgery.