Post op recovery

Ange
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Recently had open release carpal surgery on 06/01/18. No problems post operative, normal swelling etc. CTS symptoms now resolved. But over last week, troubled with pain in wrist, hardened area at base of scar and heel of hand, scar very sensitive and constant feelings of prickling, also hand feels tight and aching.Is this normal at this stage of recovey ?

jeremydpbland
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I never know what to say about the word 'normal' which seems to me to imply something that you expect in most, or even all, cases. A fair number of patients do experience this sort of symptom around the scar so it's not unusual, but neither is it necessarily something that you expect as a matter of course. Massage of the scar is widely recommended, though there is little concrete evidence that it actually helps. I would not worry about it at this relatively early stage. JB

Ange
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Thank you for replying, by normal was referring to expected swelling and discomfort immediatley post op. Have maintained finger and hand exercises and have been massaging area twice daily with bio oil, but swelling and hardness remain bottom half of incision and into wrist. Also pain and tenderness both sides of incision in palm , particularly between incision and thumb. Returning to work which involves lots of hand use, so just wanted reassurance this was normal part of healing process

jeremydpbland
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Well certainly not something to be too concerned about at this early stage. In a few patients this remains a persistent problem after carpal tunnel release. JB

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