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What is the recovery time for carpal tunnel surgery?

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WebMD reports that full recovery from carpal tunnel surgery typically takes up to three months. The hand that received the surgery and the type of surgery performed influence the recovery time.

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What is the recovery time for carpal tunnel surgery?
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There are two typical surgical methods for carpal tunnel syndrome: endoscopic surgery, which uses a thin tube through one small incision, and more-invasive open surgery, according to WebMD. If endoscopic surgery is performed on the patient's non-dominant hand, the patient may return to work in one or two days. If the surgery is performed on the dominant hand, it may take up to four weeks for the patient to return to work.

When open surgery is performed on the patient's non-dominant hand, she typically returns to work in seven to 14 days. If open surgery is performed on the dominant hand, it may take six to 12 weeks. Full recovery from both types of surgery involves physical therapy during the three-month recovery period.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of pressure on the median nerve at the wrist, states the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The condition is most common in people who do repetitious hand work, such as computing or assembly-line manufacturing.

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