Carpal Tunnel Release and Ulnar Nerve Decompression
- Remove your dressing 48 hours after your surgery.
- After removing the dressing clean your incision with warm soapy water at least twice a day. You should also clean it after doing anything that could allow bacteria into the incision (ex. toileting, food preparation).
- There is no need to apply any ointments the the incision before the sutures are out.
- Do not immerse your incision in water until the stitches are removed and wound is completely healed. This means no swimming, tub baths, or washing dishes.
- Limit lifting and repetitive use of the arm/hand until sutures are out. Typically the sutures will come out 10-14 days after surgery.
- Swelling and pain can be alleviated by elevating the arm and applying ice.
- Usually narcotics are only needed for the first few days. After this you can supplement with OTC medications as needed
- Call the office for drainage, abnormal swelling, redness, or increasing pain. We may need to check the incision.
- Return to work with be dependent on the job requirements and individual circumstances. Most people who can limit the use of the affected arm can return to work in 1-2 weeks.