Carpal Tunnel Release

It is a numbness in the fingers, pain and weakness of the muscles of the thumb caused by pressure on a nerve that goes through the wrist.  Sometimes surgery is necessary to relieve this pressure. 


  1. You may be placed on a special diet.
  2. Elevate affected arm for 24 to 48 hours as instructed by doctor.
  3. Wiggle fingers every hour when awake as instructed by doctor.
  4. Leave dressing in place and keep wound dry until first appointment with doctor.
  5. Care for splint as instructed by doctor by either:

Keeping splint on until first appointment with doctor.
Removing splint on third day after surgery.

  1. Wear sling for comfort only and/or until numbness from anesthesia has worn off.
  2. Do not drive for 24 hours.

Contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  1. Any bleeding that can be seen through the dressing or the splint.
  2. Numbness lasting more than 24 hours (numbness from the surgery, and/or anesthesia is expected, but should not last more than 24 hours).
  3. Fever of 101 degrees F or above.
  4. Pain not controlled by pain medicine ordered by doctor.

If unable to contact your doctor and feel you have an emergency, go the Emergency Department.