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Old 06-21-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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You used to hear about this surgery all the time, when people first started using so much time on the computer. Has anyone had it more recently?

I'm as tech orientated as anyone, but this seems to have hit me very late. These past few weeks if I try to do anything on the computer my right wrist and hand start to hurt immediately. It's a deep, very annoying ache. For years I've had this issue when writing anything by hand- as soon as I picked up a pen it would start, but I could type/work a mouse fine.

And now it's starting when I do other activities as well, like doing a jigsaw puzzle. I'm really afraid surgery is in my future. I'm sure they must have new techniques and things though, right?
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:13 PM
 
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Yes they do. I had a hand specialist do the second wrist by going in just above the wrist and sort of tunneling under it. It was done under a short-acting anesthetic and I had just a few stitches. Much easier than the first one done under a local where my palm was cut open and i had more stitches. Had to have a protective brace on for 2 weeks. Less down time with the second.

You need an experienced surgeon as this is more prone to complications. Very happy I had both done.

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Old 06-23-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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And now it's starting when I do other activities as well, like doing a jigsaw puzzle. I'm really afraid surgery is in my future. I'm sure they must have new techniques and things though, right?
You should be fine. Both my grandmothers had this surgery and my grandfather as well (not so common in men in the past but he used to work with machinery). 15 minutes after the surgery had ended he was asking when could he eat. He took the medication and never said anything about it being painful.

My father is a doctor and says it's certainly one of the most common procedures.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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Hopefully techniques have improved in the last decade, since a couple of my friends had it done. They weren't happy with the results.

Carpal Tunnel surgery can be avoided if you take remedial measures at the first sign of a problem. Soak the wrists in a plastic washbasin full of water and ice for about 5 minutes twice/day. Your wrists need to be as horizontal as possible in the ice water. If they're vertical in a bucket, for example, blood will rush to the wrist area and make things worse.

See a massage therapist for some focussed wrist and forearm work regularly. This needn't be expensive if you can find one willing to give you a 20-minute appointment to focus exclusively on the wrists and arms. Do this at least a couple of times a week, if possible.

Get an ergonomically-designed computer keyboard. About $30-$40 from Office Depot. Make sure the keyboard is at the right height (below desktop height).

Preventive care is so much better than surgery.
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