Post Operative Instructions for Carpal Tunnel Release
Elevation, Motion, & Use
After carpal tunnel surgery you want to prevent swelling and stiffness. This is accomplished by performing light exercises multiple times daily. Do not move your wrist. Exercises should be comprised of opening and closing the hand and fingers. This will also help reduce the amount of scar tissue formation. These exercise should be done hourly while awake 10 repetitions and one to two sets per hour Elevation of the hand is also important after carpal tunnel surgery to prevent swelling. The affected hand may be used for light activities such as eating and dressing. Driving is allowed once you feel strong enough to safely grip the steering wheel.
Keep the dressing and splint on after surgery until your first post-op visit. Keep the dressing dry. Showering is OK as long as the dressing stays dry. The stitches are kept in place until 10-14 days after surgery. Even when the bandage is removed it is necessary to keep these stitches dry.
A prescription for a pain medication will be given to you after the surgery and we recommend that you fill the prescription. Pain medication is usually only necessary for the first couple of days after surgery.
<b>If you have any questions or concerns please call our office.</b>