I had surgery on both hands just less than three years ago. I'd reached the point of it being a necessity. I also dropped things and spent nights with my hands propped on soft pillows. You'd think something as numb as what my hands were, wouldn't hurt, but they sure did. The surgery was definitely worth it!
I had one hand done, then six weeks later, I had the other one done. I hated that time period of a few weeks following surgery, where I had to do everything with one hand. Showering was a real pain, too. It was still
I've heard of people that have had surgery done as many as three different times over a period of years. That's scarey.
It's hard to remember exactly, but I think that within a couple of weeks, my hands were feeling good, and by the 6 week recuperation period, I was doing everything I'd done before I developed CPS.
There were side-effects to the surgery, for me, at least. I don't have as good of fine motor skills as what I did before surgery. On my right hand, especially, I can barely bring my thumb to meet my fingertips, and it's nearly impossible to make it reach the fingertip of my pinkie.
I have the same problem with my left hand, though it's not as bad as with my right. It makes picking up pills really difficult.
I worry that the CPS will return, and since I no longer have insurance, I'd have to live with it. :| I try and be more aware now of ways to prevent it happening. When I'm doing anything using my hands (including knitting and typing), I make a point of stopping frequently to stretch my fingers and flex the muscles in my hands and arms, to keep the blood flowing freely. I make sure my keyboard is at a proper level at my computer, too. I made do with an old desk for years that was at an uncomfortable height, and spent hours each day, typing with it like that. Who knows? It may have contributed to my CPS.