Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Early morning pain or a “pins and needles” sensation in your hands can be very distressing and may be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

Carpal tunnel syndrome: aftercare & rehab

You can go home on the same day as surgery. The anaesthetic should keep working for the following 12 hours and you will be given oral painkillers to take for the first few days. You will be given exercises to do once at home and will be advised to keep the hand raised as much as possible in the first three days to prevent swelling. Your dressings will be reduced to a simple dressing following two days. 

Sutures are typically removed at 12-14 days. Symptoms should improve within a week but may not be completely better until about 3-6 months. Gripping, leaning and heavy lifting may be uncomfortable during this healing period.