Soon, I'll be having surgery on both wrists for CTS. I've lost a little function in both wrists, and have lost almost all the strength in my left. I've been in splints for a little more than a month, and have been taking daily doses of ibuprofen to reduce the swelling; neither treatment has helped in the slightest, hence the surgery.
Has anyone here ever had surgery to correct CTS? How was it done? How long was your recovery period? Were you in a cast afterward? Will I survive going under the knife again?! Someone help me stop freaking out!
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I'm only starting on my own CTS here, so I don't need surgery. However, my aunt did have surgery a while back for hers (which was getting really bad).
It's basically outpatient surgery. Go in, get the surgery done, recover a while, and walk out. Normally they do it with local anesthetic, but general's always an option if you're really anxious about it (as my aunt was). For a full recovery, she took almost two months. I don't believe there were any casts involved.
If I can remember to do it before I leave for vacation Wednesday, I'll hunt down one of my parents and ask them for more general info as they're both in the medical field.
Both parents are freaking heavily about vacation, so that plan failed. So just take what I've given already as a general idea, and be sure to ask your doctor/surgeon what exactly he or she has in mind specific to you. Depending on the severity of your CTS and your resilience, it could take longer or less time to heal, the procedure may differ, etc.
Anyway, best of luck to you. Hope the surgery and recovery goes well and helps you out!
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