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.