Do not drive unless you feel completely safe and ready to do so. You should not drive while under the influence of local anaesthetic or pain/painkillers that make you lose concentration or feel tired.
Before you drive, check that you can move your hand and wrist as fully as you need to drive safely. You need to be able to grip and control the steering wheel and gearstick, plus ensure that you are fully able to perform an emergency stop.
When you feel ready, start with a short journey with a friend or family member.
You should check with your insurance company whether your cover is affected, but you don’t need to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) about carpal tunnel surgery unless recovery is likely to take over 3 months.