Surgery is one of the ways that you can treat the problems associated with having carpal tunnel disorder. Carpal tunnel can be extremely painful and leave you unable to perform important aspects of you job or activities in your home life. Picking up your infant, for example, can hurt your wrist, hand and fingers if you are suffering from carpal tunnel disorder. If you are suffering from chronic carpal tunnel and have seen a doctor you might be considering surgery as one of your options. Surgery can eliminate the pain, tingling and numbness that accompanies the disorder in many cases.
Once you begin to consider surgery as an option you are probably wondering how long it takes to recover after the surgery is completed. Surgery is done on individuals with extreme numbness, symptoms that have lasted for many months or years, and older patients. The surgery generally takes at least two weeks to begin using your hands at all again. You will need help during this time. After this you might begin to see improvements after one month but it can take up to one year for healing to take place completely. You will need to perform exercises that will help you improve your grip and hand strength during this time.