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.
- You may be placed on a special diet.
- Elevate affected arm for 24 to 48 hours as instructed by doctor.
- Wiggle fingers every hour when awake as instructed by doctor.
- Leave dressing in place and keep wound dry until first appointment with doctor.
- Care for splint as instructed by doctor by either:
Keeping splint on until first appointment with doctor.
Removing splint on third day after surgery.
- Wear sling for comfort only and/or until numbness from anesthesia has worn off.
- Do not drive for 24 hours.
Contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Any bleeding that can be seen through the dressing or the splint.
- Numbness lasting more than 24 hours (numbness from the surgery, and/or anesthesia is expected, but should not last more than 24 hours).
- Fever of 101 degrees F or above.
- 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.