Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

What should I expect after having endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery?

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    You can expect a shorter recovery period after an endoscopic surgery than after open surgery, because the procedure does not require cutting the palm open and disturbing a large area of the hand.

    The pain and numbness may go away right after surgery, or it may take several months. Try to avoid heavy use of your hand for a couple of weeks.

    How soon you can return to work depends on whether your dominant hand (the hand used most, such as the right hand if you are right-handed) was involved, on your work activities and on the effort that you put into rehabilitative physical therapy.

    • If you have surgery on your nondominant hand and don't do repetitive, high-risk activities at work, you may be able to return to work within 1 to 2 days.
    • If you have surgery on your dominant hand and do repetitive activities at work, you may require 4 or more weeks for recovery. Physical therapy may speed recovery.

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