Recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome is variable - it's patient by patient - but on average I would say patients are feeling pretty darn good around the 3-month point. Generally my protocol is to have the patients come back and see me 10 days after surgery, at which time I take the sutures out, get them going with hand therapy (if they need it - I'd say about 50% of patients opt for hand therapy), and get them moving. Usually after surgery - even 10 days - patients already have noted an improvement in their sensation. Then it just takes time for the incision to heal and for the pain and tenderness in the palm to resolve. Generally that pain and tenderness resolves over the course of 6-12 weeks, but usually around the 3-month point, patients are feeling very happy with their outcome.
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