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My mother's carpal tunnel syndrome was operated on when she was in her early sixties. It now seems to be coming back (she's 65). Is this normal because she's older?


Carpal tunnel release, the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, may permanently eliminate symptoms or it may not. It isn't possible to know ahead of time who may end up having pain again. Is it normal that the pain return? Not necessarily and not because of age. A recently completed study found that patients who were over 65 years when they had carpal tunnel release, still had a high number of patients who were pain-free five years after their surgery. The best thing is for your mother to see her doctor to see if carpal tunnel is really the problem and if there are ways to help her relieve the symptoms. Robert A. Weber, MD, Daniel J. DeSalvo, MD, and Malcolm J. Rude, MD. Five-Year Follow-Up of Carpal Tunnel Release in Patients Over Age 65. In  Journal of Hand Surgery. February 2010. Vol. 35. No. 2. Pp. 207-211.

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