The time to recover from De Quervain’s Tendonitiss surgery is about three to five weeks for most patients. Following surgery a dressing is left on the wrist until the sutures are removed. Patients may start using their thumb immediately and will gradually gain back their range of motion and strength over the several weeks. While simple activities begin almost immediately after surgery, strenuous activities can be uncomfortable for a few weeks.
Hand therapy exercises are often recommended to help facilitate a return of strength and range of motion. De Quervain’s release is a small surgery. Most patients regain their motion without needing physical therapy.
After recovering from surgery and successfully completing their rehabilitation plan the patient should be able to use their hand normally without pain. Once completely healed, patients should be able to return to all previous daily activities without any restrictions.