What can I expect long term after the surgery?
Usually pain and the night symptoms resolve fairly immediately after the surgery, but the numbness and thumb weakness may persist for up to 12 months, depending on the extent of damage to the nerve prior to the surgery. Wasting of the thumb muscles may never recover.
Can I have both hands done at the same time?
Whilst it is possible to operate on both hands at once, it is not practical from a recovery perspective as both hands will be out of action for several weeks.
Once I have the surgery, will I require any further treatment?
Most of Dr Safvat’s patients do not require hand therapy provided they follow his exercise programs post operatively. A small handful of patients need hand therapy following their surgery which he will organise for them.
When is it too late for carpal tunnel surgery?
Although it can be a bit more difficult to treat carpal tunnel syndrome if you’ve had symptoms for some time, it’s usually never too late for you to undergo treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome as it prevents further damage to the median nerve.