Dr. Sforzo’s Post-Operative Instructions for Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Important things you should do:
- Move your fingers in and out of a full fist when you are awake several times a day.
- Use your hand for light tasks such as putting clothes on, feeding yourself, tying shoes, buttoning buttons, etc.
- Cover your hand and wrist in the shower.
- Change your dressing 4-5 days after the surgery; meaning, you can remove all of the wrappings and gauze but leave on any tape or steri-strips.
- Type on a computer and write for limited (maybe 1-2) hours throughout the day.
Important things you should avoid:
- Do not get your incisions wet.
- Do not perform any lifting, pushing, pulling. Avoid refrigerator doors.
- Do not play tennis, golf, or any sports.
- Do not perform activities that will cause you to sweat around the incisions.
- Do not pull on or remove any stitches or sutures, even if they are sticking out and are clear.
Troubleshooting Problems that may arise:
- If you get the incisions wet, or the dressing from the surgery becomes dirty or wet, please immediately pat the incisions dry and call the office to speak to a nurse.
- If you notice the incisions looking red, swollen, or infected please call the office immediately.
- Stiffness, tingling, swelling all may occur to varying amounts after surgery.
Call the office if you have questions or any concerns.