Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Yay or Nay

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12/11/2018 12:47 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/11/2018 12:48 PM

Alright guys. I'm betting there are more than a few of you on here who have had the surgery. I've had the nerve testing done, and yea, I have the dreaded numb hands. The surgery is supposed to have a 6 week recovery. I own a small construction business, and I work a lot of heavy ductile iron pipe fittings, valves, and the like, plus the usual shoveling and such. I postponed the surgery last spring as I couldn't take the time off because of busy work schedule. I'm thinking of pulling the trigger here in a couple weeks as this is my best opportunity. Now, however, a chiropractor says he treats carpal tunnel non invasively. I've seen those kind of treatments before, and I don't want to have to make a visit to the office 56, 60, or 100 times. I'd like to hear from folks who have done both, what was the success rate of each, and just your general opinion of each method. I'm leaning toward surgery, as I've got 3 or 4 friends who have had it done with stellar success. I passed on riding my RM even once this past summer since my hands go numb in less than 5 minutes. I don't want to do that again.
Alright boys (and girls), let er rip.

Oh, and on a side note, those who did have the surgery, what were the limitations in that 6 week period and did recovery really take 6 weeks.


12/11/2018 2:26 PM

Being self employed motorcycle restorer I need my hands to work perfectly. I have both hands repaired, was able to weld an exhaustpipe for a friend a day after the operation! The hands were a bit weak for about two weeks and the feel in the fingers took another week to fully recover but I am very happy that I had them both repaired. No more numb fingers, we do 4 motos at 30 min each per training - no problems. If in good mood I forget target of half hour and ride a full hour - no problems.


12/11/2018 4:53 PM

Thanks WEAL, I’m seriously considering moving forward on it as soon as possible. I like hearing positive feedback, but would also curious to hear if anyone had any negative feedback.


12/11/2018 4:57 PM

Do it. One done twenty years ago and the other six months ago. No numbness at all now. Six weeks for moto, but normal stuff right away.


12/11/2018 6:52 PM

I had my right wrist and elbow done at the same time. Surgery went very well, healed up quick, and was riding in about 5-6 weeks. I don't even think about anymore at all. I would have it done, just make sure you have a good reputable doctor.


12/11/2018 7:36 PM

One elbow and both wrists done. No bad effects. All the numbness and pain gone. Surgeries 15 years ago. Your doc is a better judge of what works for you. From my experience.....absolutely get it done.


12/12/2018 6:00 AM

I did them both, about a month apart. I was doing light work around the garage the next day, remember I did them one hand at a time, the Dr would not let me do both, you will not be able to wipe your ass, or wash your hair if you do both. You also will have trouble cutting food if you do both, you might need to eat smoothies and have someone bath you and wipe your ass for 5 days until they remove the bandages and your swelling goes down.

I was riding 5 weeks after and the relief was immediate the same day of the surgery. I slept like a baby, no more numb hands.


2013 CRF450R Factory Connection revalve, All stock.

12/12/2018 11:16 AM

Both my hands were basically numb 24/7 before the surgery. Had one hand at a time done but I do remember going back to work the following week.

I farm so since I'm self employed I could work my own pace and take my time. I just was careful lifting and banging my hand on something. The surgery was done in the palm of my hand.

I believe carpal tunnel surgery is performed in various areas and everyone could be different. Depends on what your electrical test results I would guess. That said where they actually do the surgery and what your job entails probably has a lot to do when you go back to work.


12/12/2018 12:22 PM

FYI I had the endoscopic tiny holes in my palms.


2013 CRF450R Factory Connection revalve, All stock.

12/12/2018 12:28 PM

I went and got some therapy to cure my carpal issues. Anything to avoid and operation.


12/12/2018 12:32 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/12/2018 12:33 PM

My wife had it done on both hands/wrists and it has worked out beautifully,my best friend is a chiropractor and was the one urging her to get it done,especially after she dropped a expensive bottle of booze from her hands being so numb.shocked
She was back to doing about everything she wanted in roughly four weeks and totally pain free in six weeks.


12/12/2018 4:53 PM

Thanks for the input guys. Much appreciated.


12/12/2018 7:19 PM

Do it! Sooner the better. I had severe carpal tunnel at only 28yrs old. Like someone else said 24/7 anguish. Waking up in the middle of the night almost in tears always getting zero sleep. 41yrs old now thank god for the surgery


12/13/2018 12:32 AM

I had double carpal tunnel surgery (don't remember what it's called but the one where you have only a small 3/4 inch scar on wrist) and it was a life changer. I was pumping up just driving my car or typing and when I did ride I could not ride more than 4-5 minutes without going completely numb with intolerable pain. Since surgery, though, i've had no issues with my hands ever..

As far as post op pain, I only took ibuprofen (due to the evils of opiates) and was totally fine. I was back to typing away at work in a few days.

With that, I give the surgery a "yay".


12/13/2018 9:35 AM

Do it. They've a new tool now...makes it VERY minimally invasive!


12/13/2018 11:12 AM

grunkster wrote:

Do it. They've a new tool now...makes it VERY minimally invasive!

Yea, I'd be looking at the Orthoscopic procedure. My wife is a surgical recovery nurse and one of the new doctors are doing them out-patient in his office with a local. They are doing both wrists at the same time now, and I'd guess that if they are doing both, the pain and lack of mobility after the procedure must be minimal so you can at least still wipe after hitting the shitter. I keep telling my friends that I'm just going to get a sawhorse with a piece of carpet over the rail to wipe with. laughing


12/13/2018 12:31 PM

Whats the going price for the procedure? I'm rocking the typical usa citizen $5,000 annual deductible for elective surgery. Will both hands be more than that?


12/13/2018 3:09 PM

Not sure, but my wife’s hospital insurance has been pretty good to us over the years. I guess we’ll find out.


12/13/2018 3:16 PM

Do it. With the recovery time and such, it'll be worth it in the long run. Good luck!


12/13/2018 5:23 PM

l was riding a week later, fixed the numb & tingling right hand for good.


Melbourne, Australia. Current rides: '11 RMZ450, '84 CR500, '06 DRZ400, '79 KX250 with 400 engine, '06 GSXR1000 full Yosh racebike.

12/14/2018 11:39 AM

My experience with having that myself, was that it is about inflammation in the body. Mostly of what you eat. I have done the operation too, and it helped for the moment, but the troubles comes back if i doesnt eat right during long period.


12/20/2018 1:47 PM

Question for guys with carpel tunnel issues. Couple of weeks ago I noticed I couldn't put weight on my right wrist getting out of the swimming pool. I work in heavy industry as a mechanical fitter and I tweak my hands and wrists regularly as nature of the job so I don't recall a specific point when I may have injured my wrist, but I now have this pain in the wrist in the carpel area when bending the wrist down or up, or applying weight to it. I can use it otherwise and there's no real point of pain other than when mentioned. I've had X-rays and there was nothing broken and an CT scan the other day I'm waiting for answers on. Been going on now for a coupe of weeks and not getting much better even with this week off on sick leave and holidays next to hopefully regain fitness.
Any thoughts or experiences here?


12/20/2018 7:02 PM

Underground wrote:

Question for guys with carpel tunnel issues. Couple of weeks ago I noticed I couldn't put weight on my right wrist getting out ...more

If you have Carpal Tunnel, your thumb and first three fingers may tingle. The pinky nerve doesn’t go through the tunnel. My right wrist has been feeling achey lately. Sometimes without the tingling in the fingers. I mostly notice it on the back, or top side of my hand/wrist area. If you go see a hand specialist, they can do the nerve test for carpal tunnel. I too work heavy mechanical with my hands sometimes. You know, 12”-18” flanged DI pipe and bolts. Ie, bigger wrenches.


2/1/2019 7:16 PM

I wanted to bring this back up to the top to see what the OP decided. Did you move forward with the surgery? If so, how is recovery going?

This thread really struck a chord with me and got me to do a little more research for myself. (Mostly other old threads on here, because where else would I look for decent medical advice??). I have been dealing with my right hand going numb when riding both mx and on my bicycle. Now it is even happening on longer drives and other daily activities.

I had originally chalked my issues up to a couple old injuries to my hand/wrist, but after reading more and more, it really seemed more like good old fashioned carpal tunnel. I finally got motivated enough to go in and get some x-rays and the EMG test, which confirmed the theory. Looking to get the surgery done before the end of the month now.

Would love to hear any other stories from folks on here. Both the good and maybe even things that may not have been perfect to look out for in rehab.

Hoping to be ready for first race on May 5th.


2/2/2019 1:48 AM

I had both hands done I wish I hadn't wait so long!


2/2/2019 4:32 AM

17 days post surgery, pain of the actual incision area is non existent, the palm on either side of the incision feels like a deep bruise, but I have 100% unrestricted movement of wrists and fingers. Grip strength is still lacking. Mostly have issues turning a resistant door knob and trying to twist the cap off of a water bottle. Swinging a spud bar into a brake shoe frozen to the drum on my semi truck probably wasn’t smart at day 10, but had to be done. My numbness and tingling fingers vanished the instant I came out of surgery and haven’t notices a trace of it since. I am bored to death not being able to work on anything, but the weather is for shit so I’ll let it go. I am getting pretty stoked to be able to ride my RM smoker for more than a half a lap or so once the weather breaks. I’d go for it if you were ever considering having it done. Oh, and that nerve test is a bitch isn’t it. Dayum!


2/2/2019 9:00 AM

Glad to hear things are going well.

Yeah, the nerve test was pretty wild. Turns out I am going to need to get my elbow done at the same time as my wrist. Right side only for now.

Waiting until after a ski weekend we already have planned with the kids Presidents day, then it is go time.


2/2/2019 9:07 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/2/2019 9:13 AM

I had the Nerve Conduction Tests done the other day.

I ended up with a whole bunch of extra Doctors and Nurses coming into my tests, as the Doctor and Nurse testing me had to keep 'upping the Voltage / Amps / Watts / Frequency - whatever bloody 'thing' they were doing to me.

I like to get Docs and Nurse laughing, so I tend to joke around, make (non genuine) objections to what they are doing to / or about to do to me. You've got to have fun in this life, is my motto. So, between me squawking at the 'torture', and the original Doc / Nurses laughter, people came in to see what the ***k was going on.

What kept them in there, was the ever 'upping' of whatever was making, or trying to make, my hands / arms go berko. The various 'observers', got progressively, quieter, and I heard a few gasps and expletives at what was being done with the 'torture machine'.

From what I gathered, it was right up there with turning the Volume up to 11, and well beyond..... and it wasn't pleasant. I seemed to be that days 'Freak Show'.

I thought, ''well, it isn't working, so I haven't got carpel tunnel''.

When I asked that, at the end, the response I was given was a "You Bloody Well Do have Carpel Tunnel - in a Big Way"......... I hope that means it gets done soon. I'm at the point where just trying to drive the car locally has my hands going dead in a couple of minutes, and I have buggerall control over the brakes / clutch / throttle on my bike. w00t Plus, dropping tools / utensils / cups / pens etc, constantly. And, not being able to sleep from the pain / numbness.

But, before that, Monday and Tuesday, I'm in for some needles in my C6, C7 and C8 ......... fuggin Bloody BIG ones, they say. sick dizzy blink mummy.......


2/2/2019 9:26 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/2/2019 9:28 AM

Bearuno wrote:

I had the Nerve Conduction Tests done the other day.

I ended up with a whole bunch of extra Doctors and Nurses coming into my ...more

My nerve test came back borderline as to being bad enough to require surgery, but once the doc was into my hands, he said I had to have been in a bad way. I couldn’t even go one lap on my bike without complete loss of feeling in both hands. I really thought I’d was just severe arm pump, guess I was wrong.
Oh, and when they did the nerve test, I didn’t really mind the voltage, but when he started stabbing me with those needles in the back of my neck, I about jumped off the table. Then I was handed a tissue for the blood and thought WTF!


2/2/2019 10:47 AM

Both wrists (carpel) and one elbow (cubital) done. Would do it again with out reservation.