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08/12/2017 12:25PM
On Tuesday, 8/15 I am scheduled to have carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand. Curious if anyone here has had this procedure and what the results were like. Healing time/adverse reactions/any information. Thanks.
 
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08/12/2017 04:18PM
Perhaps because this is ancient history it isn't relevant, but I had carpal tunnel surgery (right) in 1979 and (left) in 1981. Both times were without complications afterward and I was happy with the results. I don't really recall how long the healing time took, but I don't remember being disabled for any long period of time. Nothing like the pain and tingling associated with the carpal tunnel syndrome was causing.

All these years later I am still very happy with the results. Two different surgeons in different hospitals (we moved.)
arm2008
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08/12/2017 05:17PM
My mother's carpal tunnel came back after surgery. I have managed mine with physical therapy and massage. If you continue to do the things that caused it there's a good chance it will be back.
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08/12/2017 05:29PM
My wife just had it two weeks ago. Surgery lasted 5 minutes, she had it with just a local. Had it on Thursday, went to work on Monday. Little soreness for a while. Not to lift anything over 5 lbs till she sees the surgeon. Seemed to breeze right through it
08/12/2017 05:40PM
quote arm2008: "My mother's carpal tunnel came back after surgery. I have managed mine with physical therapy and massage. If you continue to do the things that caused it there's a good chance it will be back."

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I'm sure all cases are different; as well as all procedures. But I continued doing the causative things (my career as a music teacher involved a great deal of piano playing for 19 years, plus I took many canoe trips, and didn't change my life in any way) and mine has never returned in either hand.
08/12/2017 07:27PM
I had it 25 or 30 years ago. It's surgery so of course it's a little sore but it has a pretty quick recovery time and I have not had a single problem since,

Good luck!
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08/12/2017 10:05PM
Changed breaks on my daughter car 1 wk after mine.

Probably easiest surgery I've had.... but... hands still fall asleep when I ride my bike.

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carmike
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08/12/2017 11:13PM
Very interested in this thread. I am now waking up 10 or 20 times a night (I don't count, but it's a lot) with tingly hands. Biking and paddling are bad, too, as is jigging with a fishing rod or mowing the lawn. Probably time I head in, I suppose.
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08/13/2017 01:39AM
I think the longer you wait ,it's less likely to work.
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08/13/2017 01:39AM
I think the longer you wait ,it's less likely to work.
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08/13/2017 08:31AM
quote carmike: "Very interested in this thread. I am now waking up 10 or 20 times a night (I don't count, but it's a lot) with tingly hands. Biking and paddling are bad, too, as is jigging with a fishing rod or mowing the lawn. Probably time I head in, I suppose.
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As a writer, my life is all repetitive motions. Making a fist and bending my wrists ninety degrees down helps. Then I bend ninety degrees up with open hand and do both for counts of twenty many times each day.
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08/13/2017 08:54AM
Easy surgery..(expensive)..unfortunately mine was not successful. I was recently diagnosed with moderate carpal tunnel in the same hand and have similar symptoms in the other. I'm in a bit of a quandry as to what to do next.
08/13/2017 09:50AM
Thanks, all. Will post the results.
08/13/2017 06:52PM
Geez, I had both hands done at once. The surgeon told me it would never come back. I wonder how it does? He said the one real imperfection in our wrist or whatever is this band. Once cut it can't come back. Are there surgeons that just cut enough to relieve? And then you get to do it again? Mine was in '93 or so and never a problem since. Had it done in Duluth mn.
arm2008
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08/13/2017 09:15PM
quote Spartan2: "quote arm2008: "My mother's carpal tunnel came back after surgery. I have managed mine with physical therapy and massage. If you continue to do the things that caused it there's a good chance it will be back."


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I think you've probably nailed it. There are a couple different ways of doing the surgery, and more than 1 surgery. And doctors with different skill levels - I know of a few people around here where the surgery didn't work well, maybe the local doctor isn't as skilled...
arm2008
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08/13/2017 09:17PM
quote yogi59weedr: "Changed breaks on my daughter car 1 wk after mine.


Probably easiest surgery I've had.... but... hands still fall asleep when I ride my bike.
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That's usually a nerve in your shoulder or neck. A little online research or if you can get a couple sessions with a modern physical therapist you might be able to find things that help.
arm2008
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08/13/2017 09:19PM
quote carmike: "Very interested in this thread. I am now waking up 10 or 20 times a night (I don't count, but it's a lot) with tingly hands. Biking and paddling are bad, too, as is jigging with a fishing rod or mowing the lawn. Probably time I head in, I suppose.
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I am finding that modern physical therapists are so much more effective than the approaches used 20 years ago. And you can now self refer and don't need a doctor's referral (confirm with your medical plan).

For the carpal tunnel they gave me a couple of stretches, a couple of nerve flossing techniques (to free up the median nerve in the tunnel), some forearm strengthening exercises, and some manual massage (which I figured out how to do to myself using a tennis ball and my own body weight). You may be able to find enough information on the internet to figure some of it out yourself, if PT is reasonable on your health care plan it may be worth a visit.

You can also try a night splint to prevent your hand from dropping and putting pressure on the nerve as you sleep. Reduce inflammation (icing, turmeric).

I do think addressing it sooner is better than waiting!
08/15/2017 05:16AM
Good luck today Mark!
08/15/2017 07:48AM
Yes, thinking of you and hoping your surgery is a success.
08/15/2017 11:28AM
Thanks! Heading in right now.
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08/15/2017 12:26PM
Thanks for the tips, arm...and good luck in surgery today, Frenchy!
08/15/2017 03:43PM
Surgery took 20 minutes. Doing pushups as I type!
08/15/2017 07:37PM
Glad to hear it went well!

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