I had carpal tunnel surgery and the release of my thumb which was a trigger finger last Wednesday (six days ago). I have not needed any pain medicine! While the area is sore, I’m careful not to bother it and it leaves me alone. My surgeon did it laparoscopically, which means I have only a one-inch incision and thus a shorter recovery time. The trigger release for the thumb is my second incision but it doesn’t bother me other than being sore. When I came out of surgery my hand and fingers were really numb. It took a couple of days for that to go away. I was told that was normal. I had a large soft bandage covering my palm and wrist for three days. My hand and thumb were swollen so I iced my fingers since they were the only part not covered. Within a couple of days all the swelling was gone. When I took the bandage off last Friday, my hand looked bruised and I had some type of funny shaped scars under the skin of my wrist that felt like pins and needles when I pressed on it. It’s getting less sensitive each day. Also, each day I’m gaining mobility in that hand. At first it was rather stiff. I was told to open and close like I was making a fist and do that several times a day. It helped.
As far as driving, I was driving two days later without much problem. Each day I’ve been able to do more. Now, six days out, I can do almost everything I did before but now with no pain or tingling. I’m very pleased. If I’d known it was this easy I would not have waited.
I am in St. Louis and I had it done here. I have never been to Mayo as all the others seem to have been.
Complicating factors for me were my lupus, fibromyalgia, and the many medications I’m on which include the chemo drug Cytoxan (used for lupus, not cancer in my case).