Flying After Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Getting home after FIFO surgery
Generally you will need to wait 24 hours after your surgery before flying. However, there are a number of factors to consider before booking your flight. Make sure you consider the following:
Carpal Tunnel Surgery and Recovery
When surgery is the best option, Dr McLean will perform a relatively simple operation. It involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament over the top of the carpal tunnel, which relieves pressure on the median nerve below. As your body heals the injury to the ligament, scar tissue forms which should prevent the buildup of pressure on the nerve.
Dr McLean prefers to manage carpal tunnel syndrome using a minimally-invasive, key-hole endoscopic surgical technique (when indicated). An open technique can also be used and involves a slightly larger incision and clear visualisation of the structures inside the carpal tunnel. For more information about driving after carpal tunnel surgery, read this guide.