Have you had Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Have you had Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

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Since: Apr 08

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#1 Apr 23, 2008
I have suffered from "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" for more than 15 years. Maybe closer to 20 years. I have experienced the pain associated with it but only for a few months and that was in 1994 after spending two weeks digging holes to plant trees around my house. The main problem I suffered from was my hands would constantly fall asleep. I researched the subject for years. I wore wrist splints to bed for nearly six years. They helped a little.

My mother had a severe case of it back in the seventies but she had major pain along with sleeping hands. At that time it wasn't as well known by the doctors around where we live. Finally one doctor she saw told her what she had and solved her problem with surgery. She has had no problems since then.

Last year I had the nerve study done and the diagnosis was cut and dry. I had what was considered severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and my Median nerves were damaged. So I went ahead and scheduled the surgery after alot of thought and besides I was sick of my hands falling asleep. Earlier this year I had the surgery in both hands but three weeks apart. My hands immediately quit falling asleep right after the surgery and they have been sleep free since. I did go through a few months of minor inconvenience and weak and sore hands. I went to five weeks of therapy which got me going quicker. At this point I have little discomfort and soreness but they are constantly feeling better. I returned to work four weeks ago and I have a very physical job driving a tractor trailer and moving freight around all day.

The reason I decided to see what others have experienced with this is every time I mention to people what I had done, the first thing out of their mouth is that they know someone who had the surgery and it didn't work. At this point that would add up to quite alot of people that didn't fair so well. I think to myself what an thing to tell someone that just had the surgery. I question what they really know anyway. I have had a real good experience to date and I don't regret having the surgery. I wished I would have done it sooner but who really wants to be cut opened?

I would be interested to hear your story.

“Our Grand daughter”

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#2 Apr 23, 2008
My brother had it done on both of his and is doing wonderfully today. He is also a truck driver..(my brother-in-law's mom had the surgery and sued the company she worked for that caused it) Mega bucks!

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#3 Apr 24, 2008
Mommy of four wrote:
My brother had it done on both of his and is doing wonderfully today. He is also a truck driver..(my brother-in-law's mom had the surgery and sued the company she worked for that caused it) Mega bucks!
I have met a few people lately that has had the surgery. Some have had it within the last year and some as long ago as ten years and they have had no post surgery problems. I know that there has been people I have read about that it didn't go so well for them but do not know anyone personally.

I just would like to here some other peoples experiences who have had the surgery. If it was a good experience or if there were other complications that may have lead to an unsucessful result.

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#4 Apr 25, 2008
I was hoping for more stories.

Since: Aug 07

Tallulah, LA

#5 Apr 25, 2008
jimmy crack corn wrote:
I was hoping for more stories.
I work for orthopaedists...what do you want to know? You had a good outcome. Maybe others that waited too long and suffered permanent nerve damage, etc. In rare cases, the symptoms of pain and numbness may return (the most common complication), or there may be temporary loss of strength when pinching or gripping an object, due to the cutting of the transverse carpal ligament. There is about a 5% risk of damage to the median nerve or other tissues during surgery.

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#6 Apr 25, 2008
Barbee wrote:
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I work for orthopaedists...what do you want to know? You had a good outcome. Maybe others that waited too long and suffered permanent nerve damage, etc. In rare cases, the symptoms of pain and numbness may return (the most common complication), or there may be temporary loss of strength when pinching or gripping an object, due to the cutting of the transverse carpal ligament. There is about a 5% risk of damage to the median nerve or other tissues during surgery.
I want to know less about statistics since I have researched this subject to great lengths and more from people that have actually went through the process. What you state is helpful to someone considering sugery but I am more interested in real outcomes. And if for no other reason than to just have some people share a common experience. Since many people visit this site I just thought I would inquire. It is more of a curiosity than anything else. Thanks for the input though.

Since: Aug 07

Tallulah, LA

#7 Apr 25, 2008
jimmy crack corn wrote:
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I want to know less about statistics since I have researched this subject to great lengths and more from people that have actually went through the process. What you state is helpful to someone considering sugery but I am more interested in real outcomes. And if for no other reason than to just have some people share a common experience. Since many people visit this site I just thought I would inquire. It is more of a curiosity than anything else. Thanks for the input though.
My best friend had carpal tunnel surgery by one of the hand surgeons I work for....had a very good outcome. She was having numbness and tingling, dropping things prior to surgery. She has none of those problems now.
drake

Little Valley, NY

#8 Apr 25, 2008
my son is only 15 AND has it minorly in both wrist but all the doctor test say he doesnt but they both pop when he moves them,could it be tendanitus?

Since: Aug 07

Tallulah, LA

#9 Apr 25, 2008
drake wrote:
my son is only 15 AND has it minorly in both wrist but all the doctor test say he doesnt but they both pop when he moves them,could it be tendanitus?
Tendinitis is an overuse injury that can occur with overuse of any muscle. Could be wrist extensor tendinitis or problems that extend from the elbow; often confused with carpal tunnel syndrome. A bit young to have carpal tunnel syndrome. Has he had EMG's and nerve conduction studies?
drake

Little Valley, NY

#10 Apr 26, 2008
yes and it looked good test wise but he is constantly texting on his cell phone alot.i stress the word alot to extreme and he uses one hand one time then his other the next all day long.thx for the reply barbee

Since: Aug 07

Tallulah, LA

#11 Apr 26, 2008
drake wrote:
yes and it looked good test wise but he is constantly texting on his cell phone alot.i stress the word alot to extreme and he uses one hand one time then his other the next all day long.thx for the reply barbee
Don't think texting would play a major role in it. Does your son play sports, instruments? What did the doctors say? Was therapy suggested?
drake

Little Valley, NY

#12 Apr 26, 2008
no not really sports but he is an avid hunter fisherman.the doctor says he may have very minor carpo but not even she is sure of that,we got him saome hand braces and he seems to be gettin better wich is why i was hopin maybe it was a mild case of tendinitus.ive had it before on a job and when i moved off ther job the poppin in my hands stopped.once again thx for the reply.
Mich

Fort Wayne, IN

#13 May 29, 2008
I had the carpal tunnel surgery done 3 weeks ago and was wondering how long before the incision heals, and should I still be expericing some tingling once in a while?
pearl 1969

Ayr, UK

#14 Jul 24, 2008
experienced the pain associated with it but only for a few months and that was in 1994 after spending two weeks digging holes to plant trees around my house. The main problem I suffered from was my hands would constantly fall asleep. I researched the subject for years. I wore wrist splints to bed for nearly six years. They helped a little.
My mother had a severe case of it back in the seventies but she had major pain along with sleeping hands. At that time it wasn't as well known by the doctors around where we live. Finally one doctor she saw told her what she had and solved her problem with surgery. She has had no problems since then.
Last year I had the nerve study done and the diagnosis was cut and dry. I had what was considered severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and my Median nerves were damaged. So I went ahead and scheduled the surgery after alot of thought and besides I was sick of my hands falling asleep. Earlier this year I had the surgery in both hands but three weeks apart. My hands immediately quit falling asleep right after the surgery and they have been sleep free since. I did go through a few months of minor inconvenience and weak and sore hands. I went to five weeks of therapy which got me going quicker. At this point I have little discomfort and soreness but they are constantly feeling better. I returned to work four weeks ago and I have a very physical job driving a tractor trailer and moving freight around all day.
The reason I decided to see what others have experienced with this is every time I mention to people what I had done, the first thing out of their mouth is that they know someone who had the surgery and it didn't work. At this point that would add up to quite alot of people that didn't fair so well. I think to myself what an thing to tell someone that just had the surgery. I question what they really know anyway. I have had a real good experience to date and I don't regret having the surgery. I wished I would have done it sooner but who really wants to be cut opened?
I would be interested to hear your story.[

hi my name is pearl. i had the operation 3 weeks ago today to my right hand like you after sufferering for some time. Although i noticed immmediately the pins and needles had gone; i am concerned that my hand still seems weak and i am unable to lift anything remotely heavy. I also have a hard ridge adjacent to the incision which wasn't there before. my husband tells me to be patient and reassures me what i will have greater strength as the hand recovers over the next few weeks. Any comments regarding this will be much appreciated. thank you.

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Lizzy

Upland, CA

#15 Sep 12, 2009
I had the surgery on both hands, trigger release on my left thumb, and right righ finger. I was off for approx. one year. My surgery worked well at first, however, I am experiencing same clicking on my other fingers, so, my question is, this this going to get worse or do i have permanent damage?

Honeydo

Since: Dec 08

Kingston Springs, TN

#16 Sep 12, 2009
Lizzy wrote:
I had the surgery on both hands, trigger release on my left thumb, and right righ finger. I was off for approx. one year. My surgery worked well at first, however, I am experiencing same clicking on my other fingers, so, my question is, this this going to get worse or do i have permanent damage?
I've had the operation on both hands. Now, my hands are weak, but that contant feeling of your hand feeling like your hand has "gone to sleep". I would do it again. Unless they have changed, they don't like doing the surgery but once, and mine did come back after a few years. But, what options do you have? They tingle and burn, the surgery did help for a few years. Now, the tingling isn't as bad as the first time I had the surgery. My hands aren't as strong as they once was, but then again, what choice do you have? It won't heal back on it's own. I am also sure you have to wait until the nerves have to ripen. If you don't have it done, you could have permanent damage. Even though it's a one day surgery, I would want to wait and give the 1st time to heal, and I don't think 3 weeks is long ago. I didn't like the surgery, but you will get some releif. I wish I could give you the information you want, but I'm telling you like it was for me. But, both times I had it done, it was like picking the less of the two evils!! It's not going to heal without the sugery. I would have it done, I don't regret having it done. I would have it done all over again. I had the first one done 1995 and the last one was in 1995.

“"you're not the boss of me"”

Since: Aug 09

yep, right, uh huh

#17 Sep 12, 2009
I have not had this done, but I will finally be getting this enormous ganglion cyst removed because it seems to be pressing on a nerve now and hurting up my arm. I'm scared. I don't like messing with my body. I'm sure it's not a big deal, the appointment is a month away still.

Since: Mar 09

.Tieling, China

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Since: Jan 09

Isn't She Pretty

#20 Sep 12, 2009
that27th one wrote:
I have not had this done, but I will finally be getting this enormous ganglion cyst removed because it seems to be pressing on a nerve now and hurting up my arm. I'm scared. I don't like messing with my body. I'm sure it's not a big deal, the appointment is a month away still.
I had one of those a few years ago. I was lucky, it went away on it's own. I wish you the very best with your surgery.

“Ante Omnia Armari”

Since: Nov 07

"You get back what you give"

#21 Sep 12, 2009
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