Carpal tunnel syndrome results from nerve compression at the wrist which can cause pain and discomfort. The median nerve is found near the tendons that flex the thumb and fingers and is held down by a tight ligament over the wrist bone. This ligament (flexor retinaculum) can thicken and compress the nerve and lead to:
This is a very common, safe and reliable procedure, which aims to release the compressed nerve in the wrist, provide relief and reduce any further nerve damage.
Those who have had diagnosed carpal tunnel syndrome, which can be caused by repetitive hand movements in certain occupations, age, pregnancy, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or thyroid disease. Your surgeon will also make sure that other conditions that mimic carpal tunnel syndrome are ruled out. These include conditions of the cervical spine or other common hand or wrist issues.
Most patients experience immediate improvement in their symptoms although this varies between patients. In the vast majority of patients, results are often life-long however very occasionally some patients may having recurring symptoms a few years after surgery.
During your first consultation your surgeon will discuss what you’d like to achieve, any expectations you have, questions about the procedure, medical history and current medication. Your surgeon will often arrange for nerve conduction studies to be performed to confirm the diagnosis prior to surgery. We will provide as much information as possible so that you feel comfortable and informed.
Please ensure you have arranged someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out at home for a few days. To reduce risk of bleeding and bruising please make sure to:
We will guide you to prepare for surgery so that your procedure and recovery go smoothly.
Carpal tunnel release surgery is performed under general anesthetic or a light sedation with local anesthetic. Whichever you choose, you will be very comfortable and experience no pain during the surgery.
During the procedure, an incision is made over the wrist, the median nerve and its branches are carefully protected while the ligament (flexor retinaculum) is divided to release the compressed nerve. The incision is sutured and dressings applied. This procedure takes approximately 15-20 minutes and you will be able to go home a few hours later.
As with any surgery there are some risks involved such as:
Please call our office if you experience any of the following: excessive pain or bleeding, abnormal swelling or fever during the first 24 hours.
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