Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

Post-Op Instructions

​Post Op Instructions

  • You should not experience much pain after your procedure. If you experience pain, please take over-the-counter Tylenol (acetaminophen) Extra Strength or Advil (ibuprofen) for pain relief. 

  • You will also be prescribed Tylenol #3 for pain control. You can take 1 tablet for pain that's greater than 8 out of 10. Only take these pills if necessary. Please do not take regular or Extra Strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) in addition to Tylenol #3. 

  • Keep the dressing clean, dry and intact for 2 days after your surgery. You can remove the dressing and Tensors after 48 hrs. Please wash the wound(s) with soap and water. Expose your incision to air to allow it to dry. 

  • Please note that swelling in the fingers is normal post-operatively due to the Tensors. If the Tensors are too constrictive, please remove them and leave gauze in place for 2 days. 

  • Your follow-up appointment should be the following week to assess the incision and remove the sutures. 

Recovery course: 

  • You can start using your hands within 2 days after surgery. However, you should avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting for 10-14 days until the sutures are removed. 

  • You may continue to feel numbness and tingling after your procedure. This will continue to improve over a 6-month to 1-year period after surgery. 

  • You will feel a slight decrease in grip strength after your procedure, which will improve over a 6-week duration. 

If you have any questions or non-emergent concerns, please call our office at (416) 244-8377, Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm, or email us at info@canadiansurgery.com.

*Should your concern be an emergency, please call Centenary Hospital Locating at (416) 281-7111 and ask to have Dr. Chivers paged. If necessary, then proceed to the Centenary Hospital Emergency where Dr. Chivers can meet you. 

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