hi, in response to your carpal tunnel --it is a horrible thing. I had rt carpal tunnel release 18 months ago, & lt carpal tunnel release 9 wks ago. No problems at all on the rt hand. I stayed out of work 4 weeks, but 6 weeks for the left hand as I am left-handed. I am an xray tech and it requires a lot of lifting & supporting patients as well as a lot of repetitive motion. I have developed scar tissue buildup at the surgical site, & my fingers are still numb, but the pain subsided immediately after the surgery. Was it worth the surgery? Absolutely!
. However, I would not recommend having both hands done at the same time--everybody wants to maintain their dignity at some point & not have somebody helping with the most intimate things. If your Dr. can give you a cortisone injection, those are great as they can postpone surgery for a while, as well as getting relief from the symptoms. After surgery, the Dr. will usually send you home with a mild and a moderate painkiller; mine were tylenol 3 and percocet. I only took one, and that was the day of the surgery as a preventative measure. I wrapped my arm in a trash bag so I could shower--the dressing has to stay dry for a week. The most difficult part of the whole thing is having no use of that hand until the dressing comes off. I have an appointment with dr. to see what needs to be done about the scar tissue. Scar tissue buildup is a rare occurance, but I am not surprised as the lt wrist was extremely inflamed. Usually, they can inject the scar tissue to help it dissolve. Hope this helps. Good luck