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Despite the current sterile techniques used for all surgeries, infections are occasionally seen following carpal tunnel surgery. The seriousness and subsequent treatment options will vary, depending on the location. Infections can range from minor ones that are treated with only antibiotics to major infections requiring a repeat surgery. Furthermore, an infection after this surgery may decrease the chance of successful results through the development of scar tissue and possible stiffness.
Allergic Reactions
Most medicines are safe, but there is always the risk of having an adverse or allergic reaction. This is true for all types of medicine, including anesthesia. Some examples of minor allergic reactions are itchy eyes, runny nose, or skin rashes. In some cases, people may have a serious reaction to the carpal tunnel anesthesia called anaphylaxis, which can be fatal.
There is no way for your doctor to know if you will be allergic to medicines that you have never tried. However, your healthcare team will try to find out as much information as they can to help prevent an allergic reaction. They will ask questions about medicines you are taking, your health in the past, and whether you have any existing allergies. Be sure to tell your healthcare providers about all of your allergies. This information will help your doctor and other healthcare providers choose the medicines that are best for you.
Complications in People Who Have Diabetes
If you have diabetes, your risks for complications with carpal tunnel surgery are higher. However, difficulty in healing is the main concern. For this reason, it is important to keep all scheduled follow-up appointments and return soon if any symptoms develop. Your doctor will treat any early suspected infections more aggressively with the knowledge that you are diabetic.
After carpal tunnel surgery, these symptoms may indicate a problem. For example, an infection at the procedure site can make blood sugar control difficult and may require IV antibiotics to treat the infection. To help identify what is causing the symptoms, you may be asked to have more frequent blood sugar checks. It is important to report any changes to your doctor as soon as possible so that the appropriate treatment can be started if necessary.
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