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Hand FAQ


My mother-in-law had both hands operated on for carpal tunnel. The first one went well, the second one gave her a really bad infection and she needed to have her hand opened again to get the stuff out. Why would this happen? It was a different surgeon the second time.


Any type of surgery carries a risk of infection because of what happens during the procedure. Whenever there is a cut or opening in the skin, there is the potential for infection and while doctors and nurses do their best to reduce the risk of infections, sometimes they still happen. Without knowing your mother-in-law's history, it would be impossible to tell why she developed an infection and how it happened. The infection rate for carpal tunnel release is not high, but when the infections do occur, they are painful and cause problems for the patient. Neil G. Harness, MD, et al. Rate of Infection After Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery and Effect of Antibiotic Prophylaxis. In Journal of Hand Surgery. February 2010. Vol. 35. No. 2. Pp. 189 to 196.

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