Journey to Recovery: Post-Carpal Tunnel Surgery Insights

Whether you wish to enhance your face, breasts, or body with a cosmetic procedure, or if you require reconstructive hand surgery, Dr. McCall and compassionate team at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery here to provide you with the outstanding results you deserve.

Undergoing carpal tunnel surgery is a significant step towards relief from the pain and discomfort of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). At Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery in Waukesha, WI, Dr. Tracy McCall provides not only surgical expertise but also comprehensive post-operative care. This detailed guide offers insights into what you can expect during your recovery journey and how to ensure a smooth and effective healing process.

The Immediate Aftermath of Surgery

Initial Hours Post-Surgery

Immediately after the surgery, you may experience:

  • Numbness: Due to local anesthesia, some numbness in the hand is normal.
  • Pain and Discomfort: As the anesthesia wears off, you may begin to feel pain around the surgical site.

Managing Pain and Swelling

Pain management is crucial. Dr. McCall may prescribe pain medication, and it’s essential to follow the dosage instructions. Additionally, reducing swelling is a key part of the recovery process. This can be achieved through:

  • Elevation: Keeping your hand elevated above your heart helps reduce swelling.
  • Ice Packs: Applying ice packs can also help in controlling swelling and pain.

The First Few Days

Mobility and Activity

During the first few days:

  • Rest: It’s important to rest and allow your body to heal.
  • Gentle Movement: Dr. McCall encourages gentle movements of your fingers to prevent stiffness.

Wound Care

Proper care of the surgical site is vital:

  • Keeping the Area Clean: Follow Dr. McCall’s instructions on how to care for the wound.
  • Bandage: The bandage should be kept dry and intact.

Weeks Following Surgery

Gradual Increase in Activity

As weeks pass, you will gradually be able to increase your activity levels. However, it’s important to avoid strenuous activities that strain your wrist.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy may be recommended to:

  • Improve Flexibility: Gentle exercises can help restore range of motion.
  • Strengthen Muscles: Strengthening exercises aid in returning to normal hand functions.

Long-term Care and Monitoring

Regular Follow-up Appointments

Regular check-ups with Dr. McCall are essential to monitor your healing progress.

Ongoing Care

Long-term care may include:

  • Continued Exercise: To maintain flexibility and strength.
  • Ergonomic Adjustments: Making changes in your work or home environment to prevent future strain.

Embracing the Healing Process

Recovery is not just a physical process but also an emotional one. Dr. McCall and her team at Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery are dedicated to supporting you through every step of this journey.

Connect for Compassionate Care

For more information or to discuss your carpal tunnel surgery and recovery, contact Dr. Tracy McCall at Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery in Waukesha, WI, at 262-523-1200. Your path to relief and recovery is our utmost priority.

Path to Well-being: Navigating Your Post-Surgery Recovery

Your recovery from carpal tunnel surgery is a path towards greater well-being. By following these guidelines and staying in close communication with Dr. McCall, you can ensure a recovery that’s not only smooth but also leads to lasting relief from CTS.


  1. American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Carpal Tunnel Release
  2. Mayo Clinic: Carpal Tunnel Surgery: What You Can Expect
  3. Journal of Hand Therapy: Postoperative Care in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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