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Getting back into shooting shape after Carpal Tunnel surgery?

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    JDShapp
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    After getting a nerve study and EMG done today I’ve been diagnosed with a case of carpal tunnel that the doctor insists that an operation is needed on it before things get worse. Job wise I gotta wait about 4 months to get an opening to do it.

    So until then are there any other folks who’ve gone out shooting after surgery that have any advice they want to send my way?

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    Rodeo
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    I had the surgery done YEARS ago.  I had both hands done about a year apart.  I had let it go for way too long and most any task would make my hands go numb in a matter of minutes (I mean “can’t feel anything” numb).  Best thing any doctor has ever done for me were those surgeries.  Completely eliminated the numb/dead feeling in my hands and I work my hands a lot (contractor). I was not shooting at the time but I remember returning to work fairly quickly.  It was many years ago that I had it done so specific time to heal evades me.  In my case I was sooo much better off after the procedure – I would not hesitate or worry about having it done.  My motor function was better after I healed than before the surgery.  I did get a scar on my right hand (none on left) because of how bad it was. 
     

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    douger
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    I HAD IT DONE BOTH HANDS 4 WEEKS APART WAY TO SOON IT TAKES TIME TO GET THE HANDSWORKING AGAIN . I ALSO HAD THE CANAL RELEASE DONE SAME TIME  I THINK IT WAS LIKE 8 WEEKS TO GET IT BACK TO NORMAL USE  FIRST 5 DAYS ITS REAL SORE 

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    I was diagnosed with the same a couple months ago and have passed on the surgery for now. I’m using braces at night and stretching/massaging the arms during the day. It’s helping for now but eventually the surgery will be needed. Good luck

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    Bruce
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    Do not put it off John.  I had both hands done at the same time back in 2002 and have not had a problem since.  I was in the construction business for myself.  The Dr. released me for light duty after about 3 weeks.  6 weeks later it was like nothing happened.  Most Dr’s will not do both hands at the same time.

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    There is a more pressing neck issue taking priority over my arms. Once that’s under control, and the FT seasn is over for the year its next on the list.

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    Red_Dawg
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    First find yourself a hand surgeon who performs endoscopic carpal tunnel release, preferably “single portal” using the Agee technique. In general, you are looking at a week back to light duty and two weeks back to heavy lifting.  The surgery shouldn’t keep you from shooting for more than a week or two in my experience.  
     

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    “Red_Dawg”First find yourself a hand surgeon who performs endoscopic carpal tunnel release, preferably “single portal” using the Agee technique. In general, you are looking at a week back to light duty and two weeks back to heavy lifting.  The surgery shouldn’t keep you from shooting for more than a week or two in my experience.  
     


    I’ll look into it. Thanks for the info.

    John

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