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Old 11-07-18, 12:49 PM
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carpal tunnel release surgery

open procedure not arthroscopic

anyone have it done? good? bad?

Wifey is getting it done next week. same hand as which she broke her wrist crashing into a bike trail bollard. probably not relate to fall, but since getting her cast off she's bee having shooting pains & went for some elaborate tests which came back with her having to get this surgery
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Mine was open. My EMG results showed a pretty severe condition existed and was told that it was good that I hadn't waited much longer. Took 2+ years for current 90-95% resolution.
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Old 11-07-18, 05:37 PM
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I have 'moderate' CTS. My hands always got numb while riding, and eventually they'd stay numb until the end of the ride 25 miles later. I had a release done on my left hand in January along with thumb arthroscopy. No pain at all this Summer from my left hand; same old numbness on my right. CTS on my right hand is scheduled for 12/11/18. I ride 1000 miles/year..
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Old 11-08-18, 06:29 PM
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Yup, both hands, both open. Easy peasy.

Pre-surgery, it was so bad that I couldnít articulate my fingers enough when I woke up in the mornings to turn off an alarm clock or put on my glasses. Took 2 or 3 minutes of shaking them out just to get enough dexterity to do simple things like that.

Woke up the morning after 1st surgey with a usable, pain-free, non-numb hand for the first time in probably close to ten years. Had the other hand done 3 months later.

Then, morning after, I wrapped it well, put on a wrist guard, and rode 60 miles on a road bike. Do not try this at home! No ill effects, but in hindsight maybe a bit too much of a dumba$$ move - glad I didnít crash and land on it.

Anyway, the pain/annoyance level is less than a root canal, IMHO -really glad I did it. Well worth it.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
open procedure not arthroscopic

anyone have it done? good? bad?

Wifey is getting it done next week. same hand as which she broke her wrist crashing into a bike trail bollard. probably not relate to fall, but since getting her cast off she's bee having shooting pains & went for some elaborate tests which came back with her having to get this surgery
Iím a veteran of having hand operations all I can do is at myself. Many women at the hand center I went to had carpal tunnel and they were in serious pain, everyone I talk to said it is not fun and having the surgery brought them relief. Hopefully everything will go well for her.
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Old 11-09-18, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
everyone I talk to said it is not fun and having the surgery brought them relief. Hopefully everything will go well for her.
thank you & thanks everyone
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Old 11-09-18, 03:51 PM
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De nada ... hope she does well. Let us know her opinion of the surgery after it's done. I've talked to a number of other people who have had carpal tunnel (not necessarily the open method), and almost everyone says the same thing I felt after getting the first one done ... why did I wait so long? I bet she will feel the same way.
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Had both done in 1992, at the same time. Kind of a pain to have both hands out of commission, but made it through. Zero issues since then. Wife had one hand done later and she has no issues either.
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Old 11-16-18, 06:29 PM
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procedure went well. very quick 15 minutes in the ER. I barely had time for a blueberry muffin & coffee. she got anxious so they gave her extra meds. slept most of the day. pain/discomfort is minor. alarm went off at 3:30 am but glad we were 1st in line today despite the 1st snow storm of the season. so far so good I guess
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Old 11-16-18, 06:33 PM
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I had a right endoscopic carpal tunnel release a few months ago, just had the left one done 1 week ago. Back at work (surgeon) the next day, no pain meds needed for either operation needed, reasonably good grip strength immediately post op. In both cases I was back on my bike right away. I would never have it done open.
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Old 11-27-18, 03:59 PM
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stitches are out & the girl is smiling & wants her stick shift back!
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Good news!
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
stitches are out & the girl is smiling & wants her stick shift back!
Second that.
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Old 12-12-18, 03:25 PM
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Right hand done yesterday. Norco 'script, but I was fine with ibuprofen. Strangely, my wrist is a little more sore today, but still no significant pain.

Done at a surgeon-owned surgery center. Twilight sleep and local anesthetic, an hour from being rolled into OR to arriving at recovery room. Left 75 minutes later.
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