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Continuing Your Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery at Home

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 following carpal tunnel surgery, 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 also help with your recovery.

Recovery Time for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery

The first follow-up visit with your doctor will be approximately two weeks after your carpal tunnel release. 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 the first one to three weeks of your recovery. More vigorous activities will gradually be allowed at four to six weeks.
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