The expected recovery time from carpal tunnel surgery depends on whether the dominant or nondominant hand is involved. Recovery times range from one or two days up to four or more weeks, notes WebMD.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand as a result of pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. Surgery is performed to alleviate the symptoms. The recovery period of the nondominant hand may be as short as one or two days, provided the patient does not engage in repetitive, high-risk activities. The recovery time for surgery on the dominant hand may require four or more weeks for recovery, although physical therapy may speed up the recovery time, explains WebMD.