Is it possible to get carpal tunnel from rotator cuff surgery? I never expirenced symptoms of carpal tunnel prior to surgery. Symptoms following rotator cuff surgery include coldness, numbness, pain, inability to close hand into fist and fingernails growing at faster rate than nails on other hand. Had nerve conduction study by surgeon associate and was told I have SEVERE CAPRAL TUNNEL and needed surgery ASAP. When I informed my surgeon that I was seeking a second opinion, his reply to that was..."I don't know exactly what happened to your hand." I find it rather strange that is was so adament about have carpal tunnel surgery UNTIL I told him of the sencond opinion. Any input will be greatly appreciated. By the way....the shoulder is doing great.
May 14, '05
by Bull's eye
Quote from BNKSYRR
Surgery was 2/2/05 and there were NEVER any previous symptoms of Carpal Tunnel and this was NOT a risk explained to me pre-operatively. If this IS carpal tunnel ....it WAS CAUSED by the surgery especially since there were no previous symptoms.
Well, generally speaking CTS is a chronic disease, fibrosis of the Transverse Carpal Ligament, and if the nerve is that severely injured it argues against sudden onset. Some causes of sudden onset CTS are high impact falls on an outstreached hand, anything that can cause edema of the hand/wrist (Pregnancy, Anasarca), or space occupying lesions of the Carpal tunnel (synosvitis). Also, you don't have to have surgery right away (although if the neuron said it was the worst he has ever seen, they may want to go in and get it done.) You could try an injection of local and steroid into the Carpal tunnel and wear wrist splints. The surgery takes about 5 minutes skin to skin and needs about 2-3 weeks recovery time for the skin to heal. They don't even need to put you under. Honestly, I don't know all the answers here, but if you were my friend or family member, and the NCV said severe disease, Iwould tell you to go for it and get the surgery to avoid permenent nerve damage.
Last edit by Bull's eye on May 14, '05