Right hand great. Left hand carpal surgery done and trigger thumb same time. Right hand, barely visable. Left hand looks like the doctor used a dull knife. It was much more bruised after surgery as well. Seems more numb, palm area, and the peace sign fingers very numb. Nighttime the left hand feels like the skin is too tight so I hold onto a lunch size ice pack. It hurts. :( Going back to the brace, but after surgery, it's disappointing. Do I give it more time? Don't want to appear impatient, but deductible time running out too. Can't afford starting over in January. Thanks!!
When do I accept the results from carpal surgery. One hand is great, the other almost worse?
Added 30 Dec 2011:
Thanks to all who answered. Carpal Tunnel Revision. That is what they call it second time around. Had my left hand done again Dec. 28th. Hopefully it'll be a success. He said it's not common but happens. I asked what he was going to do different and he said nothing. He mentioned scar tissue and taking care of that. I wondered if it was my own fault for not massaging enough, etc. but the surgeon told me, no. It wasn't that. (I did massage, I did, I did!) Hopefully this will do the trick. If nothing else, I got a lot of humorous comments on having two hands and three surgeries. I told them the doctor needed help so I gave him a hand. Boooooo.....you have to laugh while you can! ~MJ~
Usually it takes 6 months to a year to fully recover and heal from a surgery. Are you doing any therapy or exercises for your hands? If not then I would recommend that you ask your Dr to let you see an occupational therapist as they specialize in the upper extremities. Therapy is essential when healing from a hand surgery. If you are doing therapy already then keep doing it as often as they tell you to do so. The time you do the exercises when the therapist is not there is as important as when the therapist is there with you. Give it a good 6 months to a year before you even consider any more surgical intervention.
DzooBaby is right, as usual. Sigh. But, after my carpal tunnel surgery, I felt better within a few days!! It was very fast, and I healed very quickly as well.
Just giving you my personal experience.
Keep your brace on, especially at night!!
When did you have your surgery done? I should have asked that first off!
Best wishes to you MJ,
For me, my body produces scar tissue like a champ - not good for me after surgeries. When I had my carpal tunnel surgeries I massaged Shea Oil or Cocoa Butter into the (healed) incision every night while I watched TV - for over a year. I've found that massage breaks up the scar tissue, and this has been backed up by several doctors that I've asked. Can't hurt. Also, going to physical therapy or occupational therapy and moving that hand will help. Sleeping in the brace will help too. Unfortunately, not all surgeries are successful, but the carpal tunnel release area is very small to operate in. If you consider a second surgery I would seek out a highly rated hand surgeon. Best wishes -
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