How Long After Carpal Tunnel Surgery Does It Take Before You Can Go Back To Work?


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Arun Raj answered
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) happens when the median nerve is squeezed as it passes through the wrist. The path through the wrist, called the carpal tunnel, is made of carpals or small wrist bones on side and a ligament on the other side. During the surgical procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in the palm of the hand, about 2 inches long. In some cases, a longer incision may be required which can extend to the forearm.

The numbness or the pain can either go away quickly post surgery, or it may take some months to disappear completely. If you had surgery on your non-dominant hand (the hand which is not used much compared to the other one), and do not do high risk activities, you may be able to return to work in 3-4 days. If you had surgery on your dominant hand (the one which was affected), then you may require 4 weeks or so, for full recovery. Physical therapy can hasten the recovery process.
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I had it done on a Friday and was back to work on Monday with both hands. I waited three months between hands.
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Isaac Enochs answered
I would say depending on the hand and how dependant you are on that certain hand about 2 weeks.. I have had surgery on both hands and went back to work within a week.. I was one handed for the remainder of the time I was casted up but I got the job done.. I think this really all depends upon the person and the level of tolerance for pain you have as well as what I stated prior.. Good luck and if your not already back to work hope you get better soon. Also with carpal tunnel it does have a tendency to return.. My mother has had two surgeries so far to relieve the nerve.. So just make sure you do plenty of pyshical therapy even after you have healed as the exercises should prevent this from occuring again..
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Anonymous answered
It will depend on whether or not this is through Worker's Compensation or through your regular health insurance.  I had Carpal Tunnel surgery and Ulnar Nerve transposition on a Friday and was sent back to work the following Tuesday (4 days later) by the Worker's Compensation surgeon.  I was in much pain and my hand & arm were extremely swollen by the end of the work day for the first week or so.
I work with someone who had just the carpal tunnel surgery without going through work comp and she was off for nearly 6 weeks.
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Anonymous answered
How long will it be before I can begin lifting medium to heavy lifting after I had Carpal Tunnel surgery?
Barbara Fisher Profile
Barbara Fisher answered
That is something that differs in each person. I had it a few years ago, and it only took me a few weeks until I could use my hand again. The surgery did not help my numbness in my hands as it was later diagnosed as being caused from Multiple Sclerosis.

But for most people, after the surrey your hand if wrapped from eight to ten days. Some people wear a splint for an additional two weeks. If you were experiencing pain before the surgery, it would go way right away. In some cases it take up to three months for it to subside.

You do have to avoid heaving lifting with that hand for an extended period of time. It often takes up to twelve weeks for a full recovery.

It will depend on which hand you had the surgery on as to when you can resume working. If you use your right hand for your work, and you had surgery

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