Surgery should be a last ditch effort to help end Carpal Tunnel Symptoms. Ideally it is only recommended when all the other common methods fail. (And they generally will.)
So what happens after you get a ‘successful’ procedure like Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery? This is a great question to ask BEFORE you get the surgery. Before I reveal the two secret dangers of a ‘successful’ surgery, let’s talk about the dangers one must avoid before one can get close to what doctors call a successful surgery.
The possible complications of Carpal Tunnel Surgery are:
- An unsuccessful surgery, meaning it flat out doesn’t work.
- Increased pain
- Partial or complete severing of the median nerve
- Scar tissue build-up creating more pain and symptoms, also ‘requiring’ a second surgery.
Let’s say that you had a successful surgery. The doctor didn’t accidentally cut or completely sever you median nerve. The ligament was accurately severed and more space was created in the carpal tunnel.
The first secret danger is that it can take months to recover from the surgery, and you have to be very careful not to re-injure yourself.
The body does not like sharp objects cutting and ripping on its tissue. It responds in a variety of ways that occur as pain. This includes a process of Inflammation, increased pain, a limitation on how much strength the nervous system will allow, etc.
You were already hurting before, and surgery causes physical damage to an already unhappy structure. It can take people months even a year to recover just from the surgery. And that’s assuming it was a ‘good’ surgery and not a ‘bad’ surgery that messed up more than it was supposed to.
So let’s say you had a good surgery. Let’s say it takes you 3 months to fully recover. And then you have to slowly start stretching and building up your strength, being careful not to re-injure yourself. That’s a lot of time, and a lot of work, for a simple procedure that was supposed to save you from all the pain and numbness you were having. With surgery, you now have to deal with the trauma of surgery too.
The second secret danger is that the carpal tunnel may not have been the source of the problem.
While your carpal tunnel now may have more space and the nerve is no longer so compressed, it is VERY likely to turn out that the carpal tunnel wasn’t the spot where all the symptoms were coming from. Many people experience a decrease in symptoms for some period of time, weeks or a year or more. And then symptoms come back.
Doctors will just say you need a second surgery, but it is a sure thing that some or all of your numbness was coming from up at the neck and the front of the chest and shoulder. The surgery itself was a success, but it targeted the wrong spot. Oops.
Surgery fails to take into account that there is a larger Carpal Tunnel Dynamic leading to the symptoms you are having, and just cutting on one spot will not beneficially affect that dynamic. Find out more about the dynamic of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
There are more secret dangers, of course. And more importantly, there are reliable methods to reverse your carpal tunnel symptoms without surgery. In far less time than it would take to recover from carpal tunnel surgery.
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Joshua Tucker, B.A, C.M.T is The Tendonitis Expert. He educates, leads workshops, and trains individuals how to ELIMINATE their Tendonitis related issues like Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel, Plantar Fasciitis, and Wrist Tendonitis. Joshua says “When you have tried all the usual options and they have failed, it’s still not to late to become pain free. It’s also never too early to start.” For more of the RIGHT information about how to Eliminate your Tendonitis, no matter how bad it is or how long you’ve had it, visit http://www.TendonitisExpert.com.