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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 09-16-2013 02:46 PM 1142 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2013 02:46 PM

Assuming the Insurance approves, I go in for endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery on Wednesday. It is supposedly a quick procedure. Doc says I will be able to type and write the same day. I supposedly can drive the next day if I am not on pain meds.

I could not get a real solid answer out of him about timeline to get back to work in the wood shop. This is not the slice the hand open carpal tunnel surgery.

Has anyone had this done? If so how long were you out of the shop?

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 06:35 PM

I had the old style proceedure done a few years back and that carried a ‘No Driving or Lifting anything heavier than a dinner fork for 2 weeks’ and then ‘No Lifting over 25 lbs for 6 weeks’. Not much help, I know, but you could call a Rehab Center at the Hospital and ask them about the time line for healing with this proceedure.

Best Wishes for a short recovery.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 08:13 PM

Quite a bit of information is available here

States that evaluation will be made at 10 days when stiches are removed but no heavy liftin is recommended for 1 month… Best of luck on a speedy recovery…

-- Dan

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 08:56 PM

Good luck.

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#4 posted 09-16-2013 10:41 PM

Thanks Dan. I had found some other explanations but the link you provided was much better than what I had found.

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#5 posted 09-17-2013 01:11 AM

My doc says I need that for both hands. One at a time tho. Need at least one good hand at all times. A friend had both hands done last year two weeks apart from each other. So it would seem that two weeks after the operation, day to day normal movement with no stress to the area would be in order.

-- I think, therefore I think I am.

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#6 posted 09-17-2013 02:18 AM

My Doc wanted to do both my hands at once.

My quality of life dictates that I need one hand for wiping without issue.

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#7 posted 09-17-2013 02:41 AM

Jeez, Nate, for a second there I thought you said you were wiping without tissue!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#8 posted 09-19-2013 10:20 PM

No saw dust until Sunday at least. That is when I can take the gauze off and put bandaids on. No lifting anything heaver than a half gallon of milk for at least 2 weeks.

Surgery went fine. I was awake for it. I had to request more hand numbing stuff because one cut was freaking painful.

Now it just hurts. I don’t like how the pain pills make me feel. Ibuprofen takes the edge off.

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#9 posted 09-19-2013 10:51 PM

I had the surgery-style carpel tunnel done on both hands about 5 years ago…..Done both at the same time, and had 5-6 stitches in each wrist…...piece of cake…...If you’re married, you’ll find out just how much your wife loves you when it’s bathroom time….........!!!!!!!!!......She said she didn’t love me that much…lol.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#10 posted 10-03-2013 12:58 AM

YES!!!!!!!!!!!! Went to the doc today and he cleared me for any shop work my hand will let me do. He said 90% of his patients are still on limited lifting after two weeks. I am doing way better than them so I just have to listen to my hand. If it hurts, I stop.

Saw dust here I come!

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