"I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands two months ago. It's still very painful and I'm finding it difficult to move my fingers and thumbs.
How long will it take until I see some improvement?"
Certified Hand Therapist Trevor says:
Carpal Tunnel releases can definitely take a little longer to heal all the way, particularly if you have any other concurrent issues that may affect healing.
The best research paper meta-analysis of carpal tunnel releases I've found shows an 84(ish)% "satisfaction" rate, which is not the same as a "complete recovery" rate.
Personally, I've found that since surgeons do so many of those procedures, they can have a little bit of a rosy outlook of what recovery can be like.
A very good hand surgeon I work with once told me that the only thing he can 100% guarantee after a surgery is that a patient's hand will be different than it was before. Every other outcome can be expected within a certain level of probability but can't be guaranteed.
If you haven't seen one yet, I'd recommend getting in to see a hand therapist if one is available near you.
Sometimes, finding the right balance of exercise/stretching vs resting and healing can be tricky and if you don't get it right it can prolong the whole process.
This does not constitute medical advice. Always speak to your doctor if you have, or think you might have, a medical condition.