Carpal tunnel operation recovery time

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Carpal tunnel operation recovery time

Post by noodles » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:44 pm

I am having my carpal tunnel operation this week and I'm wondering just how long it will be before I am able to paddle again. Will it be healed in time for my holiday in the Alps in seven weeks, or do I have to get used to the idea of just being shuttle bunny? Has anyone any experience of paddling after having a carpal tunnel operation?
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Re: Carpal tunnel operation recovery time

Post by Sion88 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:43 pm

I've had it done but tbh I never went paddling , for what I recall my hand had to held up for two weeks in a sling then the stitches taken out , then it was a sore and stiff for about 4 weeks , I was a bit nervous of it coming apart tbh , I'm still waiting to get my other hand done

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Re: Carpal tunnel operation recovery time

Post by nickL » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:32 am

Can't remember how long it took to go paddling again, but when I had mine I was working as a carpenter and was using tools again within a week, although I did have to take of my sling to do it. Think you should be fine in seven weeks.

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Re: Carpal tunnel operation recovery time

Post by Adrian Cooper » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:03 am

The NHS website is one of the most authorititive sources for this sort of information

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Carpal-tun ... overy.aspx

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Re: Carpal tunnel operation recovery time

Post by nickL » Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:56 pm

better than anecdotal evidence from strangers on the internet, surely not?

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Re: Carpal tunnel operation recovery time

Post by noodles » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:06 pm

It's useful, but doesn't mention kayaking!

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Re: Carpal tunnel operation recovery time

Post by Adrian Cooper » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:25 pm

Yes, it's annoying isn't it, I've checked and it doesn't mention lacrosse, curling or toxopholy.

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Re: Carpal tunnel operation recovery time

Post by howhardcanitbe » Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:28 pm

Hi,

I had both hands done at the same time back in 2006, boating on the flat in 3 to 4 weeks and 10 days on the Ottawa 3 months after with no problems. Enjoy the Alps.

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Re: Carpal tunnel operation recovery time

Post by noodles » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:20 pm

Thank you, I shall look forward to it a bit more now!

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Re: Carpal tunnel operation recovery time

Post by Simon » Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:32 pm

I can't speak specifically for Carpal Tunnel, but in general the advice for post surgery rehab is start off with light work, build up slowly, and listen to your body.

So perhaps if you want to go boating in the Alps in seven weeks you ought to be starting off simple short flat water runs at week 3-4, and build up from there, and be guided by the response from your wrists as to how fast to build up.

By the end of week 6 you will know for yourself if you are destined to be a paddler or shuttle bunny on the trip.

What you don't want is for your first time in a boat to be day one in the Alps.

But also discuss this specifically with your surgeon. This is a common op but each wrist, and each op, is different. And so get advice specific to you from the guy doing the op. It's normally done with you awake so it gives you something to chat about as he/she carves up your wrist.

Good luck

Simon.

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