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Carpal Tunnel Pathway - Day of Surgery

The Day of Carpal Tunnel Surgery:

  • Patient admitted to Surgical Admissions Unit (SAU) at (time).
  • Patient is seen in SAU by surgeon.
  • If appropriate for direct access surgery, consent to perform the operation is completed.
  • If inappropriate for direct access surgery, the patient is rebooked for OPD clinic.
  • Surgery performed.
  • Post operatively, the patient is transferred to SAU.
  • Patient seen post operatively by surgical team before discharge.
  • Patient discharged on the same day.

The time to return back to driving is variable, partly depending which hand is operated on. Most people find that they are able to return to driving after about 2 weeks, and will be able to decide themselves when they are safe to do so.

Discharge medications:

  • Paracode 1g PO QID PRNĀ  for 10 days
  • Ibuprofen 400mg TDS PRN for 10 days, (if there are no contraindications)

Last updated : Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Next review date : Wednesday, October 12,2016

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