Post-operative update
Monday, June 4, 2012

After seeing a hand doctor on Wednesday last week, I took a nerve conduction study (NSC) which confirmed that I have carpel tunnel syndrome in both hands. Based on the NCS results, my right hand (dominant hand) needed surgery while my left hand was not as bad. For my left hand, the doctor suggested I do physiotherapy or try some other non-invasive procedures before deciding on surgery, though I could also just opt for surgery immediately as well.

By the way, I gave my mom a good scare while the NSC technician was admitting the test. I panicked when I started feeling the shocks (electrical stimulation of the nerve) they give you and then I blacked out! I’ve never blacked out before in my life, what a scary feeling. My mom said I turned ghostly white and almost green for 5 minutes.

After reviewing my results with the doctor, we scheduled my surgery for Friday morning, the same week. The surgery was quick, I didn’t black out this time. I received local anesthesia on my hand and wrist, then it felt like some objects were being jabbed into my hand for 2 minutes and after a few stitches, it was all done! The doctor performed some sort of endoscopic procedure so the cut was small, about 1.5cm wide. After the surgery, they put a bandaid on and I was free to go.

Here's my hand right after the surgery.

I couldn’t move my hand on the first day because it was quite swollen and still numb. On the second day, the anesthesia had faded and I could move my fingers but I still had no grip. On the third day, finger movement continued to improve and I was able to hold light objects. Today is my fourth day, and I have a much better grip (still relatively weak) and I can type and pick things up now.

Other than the inconvenience of doing most things with one hand, the recovery is going pretty well. I haven’t had to take any of the painkillers they administered to me. I’ll have my follow-up appointment this Thursday and see what’s next.

3 Comments so far...
  • Celine
    June 7, 2012
    Feel better soon, Emily! Carpel tunnel is such a pain, but thank goodness for Taiwan (:
  • Lily
    June 6, 2012
    Hi Emily, please feel better and take care of yourself so you can get back to doing what you love to do!
  • Char
    June 5, 2012
    Omg... Feel better soon!!! :( best wishes to you. I hope I don't have carpel tunnel myself.... Too much keyboarding :(