Originally Posted by kibbisue
I am wondering what to expect as far as anesthesia (he did mention an IV), post-op bandaging, and self-care (showering, etc.)
Hi, I had endoscopic release on my left hand back in 9/2010. Still waiting for that hand to be 'normal', before getting the right one done.
As far as anesthesia, I arrived in the morning and signed in, put on the gown, layed down and they began the IV fluids immediately. They injected what I believe to be liquid Valium into the IV, then "lights out!" about 5-10 mins later. I remember being wheeled to the O.R. then I cant remember anything, just waking up in recovery room.
They do 'nerve block' on your arm and then 'twilight' anesthesia to knock you out during the op. Stitches and bandage come off 10 days later, then begin rehab/light normal activities after 6 weeks.
Don't even try opening doors for 6 weeks. Seriously, you will feel your tendons JUMP OUT of your carpal tunnel if so, and it's not a nice feeling.
For CTR surgery, the surgery is cake. The recovery is the tough part. I'm 6 months post op and still recovering!
Hope that helps. Good luck.