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.