Two months after mini release carpal tunnel surgery, no improvement.

by Bill S
(North Ridgeville, OH)

Had mini open release (very small incision) for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Sept 14, 2010. Two months later I have more numbness and much more pain than before the surgery. Seems like every day gets a little worse. Also started to get swelling on my wrist, like a knot on one side of the incision.

Regret doing the surgery, I'm no better off now.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Bill.

Sorry to hear that your Carpal Tunnel surgery didn't go so well.

Unfortunately, surgeons don't give money back guarantees with their operations.

Tendonitis and it's Carpal Tunnel Syndrome variation consist of an entire DYNAMIC of various factors.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

Unless surgery can effectively reverse that dynamic (which it can't), you'll still have pain and problem, as you are experiencing.

Did your doctor give you any self care routing to help keep pain away to to promote optimal results and optimal healing?

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Sep 09, 2018
9 months later
by: Anne N

My second op went just as smoothly. Both hands now beautifully functional.
They do ache a bit if I overuse them, as in doing a lot of lifting or something.
I can cycle for miles now too and swim.

Job well done!


Joshua Comments:

That is -the- best surgery experience and recovery experience I've ever heard of. Literally.

Great! I'm super happy to hear that!

Sep 09, 2018
Three weeks after carpal tunnel release
by: Annie N.

I was suffering moderate pain on both hands, and three weeks ago, I had my dominant hand operated on. The numbness the first day was pretty uncomfortable, as the local anaesthetic wore off, and the small localised sharp pain from the surgery was easily managable with over the counter pain killers. I took off my bandages after two days as instructed, and just had a sticking plaster over the scar.

My fingers were all absolutely fine immediately the next day...and my stitches dropped out after 2 weeks.

Here I am three weeks later, full use of the hand, no pain, scar healing up nicely, and next week, I go off for the other hand to be done.

I found the numbness from the carpel tunnel pressure went immediately, and the surgeon said that the nerves went pink as soon as he released the pressure.

Well worth doing, and far less unpleasant than I had if you are reading this and feel nervous, dont be.

I didnt take any time off work and unless you do a job that involves heavy lifting, I cant see why time off would be needed. I am in business and could type sufficiently well to get by for the first week, and completely normally thereafter.

I havent been able to swim, which i am missing very much, but as soon as the other hand is recovered, I look forward to this, and cycling, without those awful numb fingers!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Annie.

That immediate benefit (and overall good surgery experience) sounds like a good thing.

How did the other hand/wrist/surgey go?

How are things now, many months later?

Apr 04, 2013
Arm And Hand Pain Worse after two years of buzzing symptoms and carpal tunnel surgery
by: Anonymous

I had carpal tunnel op three weeks ago in desperation really had this numbness but extreme hypersensitivity for about two years then went up arm muscles stiff arm heavy painfully.

Everyone says trapped nerve due to tight muscles it's driving me potty hand and fingers buzzing and painful weather change makes it worse help please.


Joshua Comments:

You didn't leave your email address or check the notifications box.

If you find this, See the previous comment and reply.

I'm guessing that in your case your symptoms in large part were from B6 (and other nutritient) deficiency which of course your surgeon and doctors didn't bother checking for.

Apr 04, 2013
Pain After Carpal Tunnel Surgery, like something's left in there
by: Gil

I had carpal tunnel syndrome release surgery 8 weeks ago. suffered an infection in my left hand but right healed fine at the time but 8 weeks i"m suffering very painful when try to grip anything, and hyper sensitivity when anything touches scarring.

And swelling on the left one not going down, feels like some thing left in there, sharp stabbing sensation. is all this normal?


Hi Gil.

I don't know how normal or common that is, but your experience isn't uncommon. Surgery is an injury to the body.

Some people heal up decently, some don't. It depends on exactly what the surgeon did in there, your overall health, if any nerve was damaged during the surgery, your nutritional status, etc.

What have you done for self care post-carpal tunnel surgery?

Related: Carpal Tunnel And Vitamin D

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Sep 08, 2012
Carpal tunnel syndrom surgery nothing is any better after 3 months
by: Fatima


I did carpal tunnel syndrom operation 3 months ago, but the pain doesn't disappear the symptoms are the same nothing changed i can't hold any thing up.

I am disappointed please help. Thank you.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Fatima.

I'd be disappointed too. Doctors tend to tell you everything will work out exactly how you want it to.

But maybe your Carpal Tunnel Symptoms were just from nutritional deficiency...

See: Carpal Tunnel and Vitamin B6 Deficiency

Maybe there was nothing wrong with your wrist, and your symptoms were from tightness and constriction further up the arm.

There's a variety of scenarios that cause carpal tunney symptoms that have nothing to do with the carpal tunnel.

The good news is, your symptoms aren't worse from the injury that surgery caused.


Read through ALL the above links in this response and elsewhere in the thread.

Jun 15, 2011
Lump after 4 weeks of CT surgery
by: Anonymous

i had CT release 4 weeks ago and at the same time cortisone injections around the pisiform bone.i have had severe pain around the area where i had the injections ever since and don't like anyone touching it.

i also have now got a painful swelling under the CT scar (last two days. i thought it was suddenly starting to feel better but it is now much worse. the lump is hard, sore to touch and itches.

Any help?


Joshua Comments:

Lots of help, yes.

Start with learning How To Reduce Inflammation, Magnesium for Tendonitis, and Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency.

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