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Does open surgery for CTS prevent someone from driving a car? And if so for how long after the surgery ?

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We thank you for your question about driving a car following carpal tunnel syndrome surgery.

Typically a person should not drive a car until their stitches are removed at 10-14 days. Also, you must feel that you have a enough strength and control in your hand at this time, to be able to control the car safely and make an emergency stop. If you do not feel confident to drive a car safely at this time, then you should delay driving your car until your strength in the wrist returns.

Please consult with your general surgeon, for their expectations for your recovery in relation to driving a car and the carpal tunnel syndrome surgery.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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