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Leaving the Hospital After Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

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Presentation: Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
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When you leave the hospital you will be given specific wound-care and discharge instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any further restrictions necessary. Your healthcare providers will also advise you of any symptoms that require immediate medical attention.
Because wrist pain is normal, you will be given pain medication. The pain is most intense during the first few days but should decrease quickly in one to three weeks. This pain normally responds well to pain medication.
You will be encouraged to keep your hand elevated above your heart for the first few days after surgery to limit swelling. Resting your hand up on pillows while in bed, or keeping it in a splint will help with this. Moving your fingers after the surgery will help with your recovery.
The first follow-up visit with your doctor will be approximately two weeks after your surgery. At this time the stitches will be removed and you will receive a new splint. Depending on your doctor's preference, this splint may be used for 1-3 weeks. More vigorous activities will gradually be allowed at 4-6 weeks.

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