I had Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery, still feel numbness?

40, male. I had CTS surgery on Feb 3 and the numbness in my thumb, index and middle finger is no different than before surgery. At follow up, doc says not to worry and be patient but I’m frustrated at seeing no change. The CTS was diagnosed both via clinical exam and EMG test. Is it normal to have no change? At what point should I start to be concerned with the lack of results? Thank you.



Dr. Ayman Darrag
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Dr. Ayman Darrag

it is ok to have these symptoms after the surgery for a while until the edema and swelling subside,there would be also some adhesions on the site, so i recommend starting physiotherapy for mobilization and breaking down adhesions with ultra sound therapy after the wound heals and the stitches are removed.
use contrast baths(hot and cold)
elevate your hands above heart level.
swelling usually takes 2 -3 weeks to go, and then you should feel better gradually with it..if no change then i recommend NCV test..

Dr Mahaveer
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Dr Mahaveer

Hi,
its just 10 days post-operative.
Still the internal wounds are yet to heal.
If it was grade 2-3 CTS before surgery,the numbness will take atleast 2-3 months to go away completely provided the surgery is done appropriately and the median nerve decompression has been done adequately.
take pregabalin / methylcobalamin tablets daily.
physiotherapy will help.
thanks

Dr Ahmed Fawzy
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Dr Ahmed Fawzy

Hi
No improvement after 3 weeks of surgery means you should do another EMG to see if there even was a surgery done ! ,compare before and after surgery , some people get recurrence of CTS but not immediately after surgery
Good Luck

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