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On the day of carpal tunnel surgery, prior to entering the operating room, you should be prepared with a list of all your current medications. To prepare you for surgery, you will be given an IV for drugs and fluids, and you will have EKG patches applied to various parts of your body to record the electrical activity of your heart during the procedure.

The Day of Carpal Tunnel Surgery: An Overview

On the day of your carpal tunnel surgery, at your scheduled time, you will be taken to a pre-procedure room. Make sure to have a list of your current medications, including prescriptions and any over-the-counter medication, supplements, or herbal remedies you are taking.
 
To prepare you for your procedure, your healthcare professional will first make sure that you have an intravenous fluid line, or IV. You will be given drugs and fluids through your IV to help relax and comfort you during the procedure. You may also be given an antibiotic prior to the carpal tunnel release to decrease your risk of infection.
 
Patches will be applied to the skin of your chest, arms, or legs for an electrocardiogram, or EKG. The EKG patches record the electrical activity of your heart during the procedure.
 
Your doctor may be available to answer any last-minute questions that you may have, and your family or friends may be able to stay with you until it is time for you to go to the operating room.
 
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