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I am going to be booking for surgery to be done. I am wondering how much time I will need to be off work. I work as a merchandise stocker full time. Is physio-therapy something that is required since I do a lot of heavy lifting?
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replied March 11th, 2011
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Hi maryan and welcome to ehealth: This is a question you should ask your Orthopedist...This way you will be able to get back to your employer and let he/she know how long your recovery will take...I hope all goes well..Take care...

Caroline
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replied May 9th, 2011
My carpal tunnel surgery and recovery was short and amazing!! I know this is contrary to everyone else out here. But, I was fortunate enough to have a surgeon who is up on the latest technology. I had what he called the MANOS procedure and he gave me this website to check it out for myself ( http://thayerip.net ). There was no need for them to cut, only a 2 very small needle pricks. Here is the amazing part - I had no stitches which means no scarring!!!!! They put two small band aids on my hand where the needle went in and sent me on my way. I chose not to be put under because you don't have to go through the anesthesia ordeal with this procedure. I only had a local. Before they wheeled me out of the procedure room, they asked me to move my fingers. I was reluctant to move anything but was amazed when I did it. My surgery was on a Thursday and I was back to work on my computer on Friday afternoon. Only 1 1/2 days off of work!!!! It was funny, my co-workers actually thought I backed out of the surgery because you hear horror stories about the recovery being more painful and debilitating than just living with carpal tunnel. And, in this economy, I could not afford to be off any longer which is why I lived with the carpal tunnel for the last 3 years. I had my other hand done the following Friday. I should have just done them both at the same time. Best thing is I was back to my normal routine in no time. I was fully functional texting on my cell, typing, washing dishes, I was even able to pick up my 2 year old without reservation! I have already recommended this to several people at work and others have already done it. I hope this helps those of you who still need the procedure - I don't call it surgery because it really wasn't for me.
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