Two weeks ago, I had surgery for a combined Carpel Tunnel and Cupital Tunnel injury. This is pretty much an occupational hazard in our industry. The Carpel Tunnel surgery addresses the nerve that runs under your wrist, into the palm of your hand and controls three of your digits – the Thumb, pointer, and middle fingers. The Cupital Tunnel surgery addresses a never that runs over your elbow (I believe it is the nerve that you hit when you “hit your funny bone”). This nerve impacts your ring finger and pinky. For me, both of these nerves have been getting progressively worse over years and years of typing (coding, blogging, and dealing with way way too many emails).
I had asked the surgeon if I could get videos of the surgery and he acted like no one has ever asked for this. What a big disappointment… Years ago I made a video of my LASIK surgery based on a video camera in the laser. I was really hoping to get video of both of these surgeries.. But no luck. I was able to find the following two videos online of the procedures though.
Carpel Tunnel Endoscopy surgery – Video.
While the surgeries went well, I did have an issue with the steri-strips they used to cover the elbow scar. I had a major allergic reaction and the elbow is still very inflamed. I was unable to use the computer and/or lift anything, etc. for two weeks. Of course, I couldn’t really do this, I was successful for the first week – even though I did one work day long workshop via the phone, big mistake! Between that meeting and actually starting some emails on the following Monday, I ended up in massive pain for two additional days.
Due to the surgery I was unable to do my podcast for the last few weeks, over at GamesAtWork dot Biz. I am hoping to get those going again soon.
I am now back to being able to do things, however, I am still dealing with major swelling and pain on the elbow, after watching the above Cupital Tunnel surgery it now makes tons of sense. The Carpel tunnel surgery has caused almost immediate relief but the Cupital tunnel can take up to a year. We shall see!