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    Old 04-27-2015, 06:19 AM   #1
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    Tendon release surgery for de Quervain's

    I'm wondering about the recovery time for the tendon release surgery. I have severe de Quervain's in both hands and a ganglion cyst on my right wrist. I'm right handed and work full time on a computer (typing). My Doctor says I can go right back to work, no down time is needed. But when I'm searching online, I see some people are off work 1-2 weeks. There's no way I can do that. Could I realistically go back to work the next day after surgery?

     
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    Old 04-27-2015, 07:41 PM   #2
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    Re: Tendon release surgery for de Quervain's

    I've had 6 joint surgeries in the last 6 years. I found the ganglion cyst removal/de Quervain's release on my left wrist to be the easiest of all of the surgeries. I happened to have surgery right before a major holiday and actually drove myself 8 hours to visit family 1 1/2 days after surgery. I did ice and keep the wrist elevated during the trip, but still, I was able to accomplish the drive successfully. After 4 days, I was able to remove the bandaging on the wrist. I went back to work on day 6, but that was mainly because of the holiday, more than my ability to return.

    I expect your doctor is correct in that you could return to work soon, but if you can give it a few days to elevate and ice, I think you will feel better. Especially if you aren't used to surgeries.

    I do recommend icing a lot. It really helps and reduces the amount of pain relievers you may need. I like to crush ice with my Ninja and fill the icepack with wraps that they always seem to provide me when I have joint surgeries.

    You should be able to type, but will need to take it a bit easier for a bit while and be careful of your hand positioning.

    Please ask your surgeon to be careful with your scar. Out of all of my surgeries, this one was the 'easiest', but the surgeon left a sloppy scar. There was no reason for it. It made me wish I'd sought out one of my old surgeons further away instead of the one closer to home.

    Healing long-term has been fine. Good luck.
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