Dr. Rohde explains when a woman can use her hand after carpal tunnel release surgery.
It really depends on, first of all, on what your pain tolerance is and what kinds of functions you want to do. I generally tell my patients that within a few days, they are able to start doing most of the things that they want to do, short of lifting activities.
So for the first day or two, it’s definitely harder to get dressed and to do daily activities. But after a couple of days, people are generally able to write, they are able to type, to eat with that hand. I, I tell them to wait a couple of weeks before they really start lifting anything more than a few pounds with that hand, though.
About Dr. Rohde, M.D.:
Dr. Rachel S. Rohde, M.D., is an Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Rohde received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed her residency at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center and performed her fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery-Weill Cornell Medical College.