How long after carpal tunnel surgery can I wash my hand?
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. Your doctor will tell you if you can remove it when you shower.
Can you wash dishes after carpal tunnel surgery?
It is important that you do not submerge your surgical incision in water (i.e. no bath tubs, swimming pools, washing dishes, etc.). After patting dry, you can place a band-aid over incision line.
Can you take care of yourself after carpal tunnel surgery?
For up to 2 weeks after surgery, avoid lifting things heavier than 1 to 2 pounds and using your hand. This includes doing repeated arm or hand movements, such as typing or using a computer mouse, washing windows, vacuuming, or chopping food. Do not use power tools, and avoid activities that cause vibration.
Can I get my stitches wet after carpal tunnel surgery?
Once the surgical dressing is removed, keep the wound and your skin clean. Soap and water are an excellent skin cleanser, and it is OK to get everything wet in a shower with running water. Avoid immersing your wound under water until the sutures are removed.
Can you damage your hand after carpal tunnel surgery?
The majority of patients suffer no complications following carpal tunnel release surgery. However some patients may suffer from pain, infections, scarring, and nerve damage causing weakness, paralysis, or loss of sensation and stiffness in the hand and wrist area.
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 are fingers numb after carpal tunnel surgery?
The tingling tends to go away immediately, while the numbness does tend to slowly resolve. Though they still have numbness in their fingers, their function is much improved because the tingling and pain is gone and typically the numbness also resolves, though it can take up to 6-12 months postoperatively.
How do you sleep after carpal tunnel surgery?
Your surgeon might teach you the “hand above elbow, elbow above heart” rule. When sleeping, it may help to use a large mound of pillows, either beside you or on your chest, to keep your hand and wrist in this elevated position.
What exercises should you do after carpal tunnel surgery?
Wrist Flexion & Stretch
- Extend your arm out in front of your, with your wrist flexed at a 90-degree angle.
- Using your other hand, gently pull your wrist back by your fingers.
- Hold this position for 10 to 30 seconds, repeating 5 times.
How do you ice after carpal tunnel surgery?
Use an ice pack, bag of frozen peas, or something similar wrapped in a thin towel on your wrist. Use it to reduce swelling for the first 48 hours. Leave the ice pack on for 20 minutes, then take it off for 20 minutes. Repeat as needed.