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Patient HelpBook

After your Carpal Tunnel Surgery

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  1. Keep the incision wound dry until sutures are out–normally about 10 to 14 days.
  2. Use rubber gloves or a plastic bag to cover the wound if you must do dishes or if you take a shower.
  3. Change the dressing when it gets soiled. Keep the wound covered until sutures are out.
  4. No heavy activity such as shoveling, raking, hammering, heavy labor, etc., for 4 to 6 weeks.
  5. Remember the incision area may be sore for as long as three months. You may do as much fine activity with your hand as the pain allows you to do.
  6. Returning to work depends on your job. The physician will help you determine when to return.
  7. It is okay to drive and to use the hand for eating, etc.

Other post-surgical care situations:

After your carpal tunnel surgery

After your ulnar nerve transposition

After your back surgery or your lumbar fusion

After your lumbar fusion

After your cervical surgery

After your craniotomy

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