Carpal Tunnel surgery recovery

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Lebowitz, Aug 5, 2021.

  1. Hey all. I am in my second week of post surgery for CT release in my left hand. I have looked at past posts about this and couldn't find anyone saying how they were doing playing wise after healing. I was looking for a realistic timeline of (hopefully) getting back to normal. I understand the timeline will be different for everyone. Any info will be appreciated! Thanks!
  2. I found the other post in this forum. It answered some of my questions. Thanks
  3. beatmachine pro

    beatmachine pro Inactive

    Jun 13, 2021
    hey i have carpel tunnel,..
    how was the surgury?
    , im looking at alternatives
    especailly how i hold my r hand,..

    its dangerous because you may make all the same mistakes that caused the problem
  4. The surgery went fine. I was awake the whole time. Had to be in a splint for two weeks and then got stitches removed. This has been about a month or so ago. I'm back to playing and am probably around 80% or so. Getting strength back everyday. Hand feels a lot better and just a little sore here and there if I over use it. This was my left hand and my fretting hand. I'm back to playing at my church around an hour at a time on my 6 string bass with minimal issue. As for hand positioning, I can't think of anything I could have done different to not have carpal tunnel issues. I think it's just the nature of the beast. I also have worked as a highway maintenance worker for 20 plus years running jack hammers and such. Probably contributed to my CT as much as playing.
  5. ironworm


    Jul 25, 2013
    Blaine, WA
    Good to hear your surgery went fine. I just had CT Release surgery on my left hand as well, on 9/1. No splint, surgery was in/out with no issues, and I get my stitches out on 9/15. The CTS symptoms are largely gone already, and there's just the residual soreness from surgery. I'll start playing after I get my stitches out.
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  6. Razman

    Razman Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    Orange Park, FL
    My left hand was done in 2013; I had just bought a car, and the next day I was out cleaning it (granted - trying to be careful with my wrist). I think I started playing a little a week later? I don't remember. After I healed and the pain went away (2-3 weeks) I was 100%.

    Got my right hand done about two years later. Surgery on a Thursday I think, and I played in my church that Sunday (with a bandage on my hand!) Doc said avoid anything that causes pain, so I did. That side took a little longer to heal but I've been 100% since then. I play 3x a week and sit at a keyboard all day, even riding a motorcycle (which used to make my hands go numb) is not a problem. Both of my surgeries were arthroscopic. YMMV, hope that helps.

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