What Happens During Recovery After Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 12:09:52 PM ET
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After carpal tunnel release surgery, the surgeon wraps the patient's wrist in a heavy bandage attached to a splint while still in the operating room. The patient keeps this bandage in place for approximately one week before returning to the doctor for its removal. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the patient then works with a physical therapist to restore strength to the affected hand.