During carpal tunnel release, the transverse carpal ligament that lies across the tendons and nerves at the front of the wrist is cut. This creates a space in the carpal tunnel in order to release the compressed median nerve.
Also Known As:
- Carpal tunnel surgery
- Wrist surgery
- Median nerve relief
- Wrist pain surgery
Conditions Treated with Carpal Tunnel Release:
Carpal tunnel release is performed in order to treat carpal tunnel syndrome and compression on the median nerve.
Non-surgical alternatives to carpal tunnel release include bracing, physical therapy, rest, steroid injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and workplace changes. Endoscopic carpal tunnel release is a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Carpal Tunnel Release:
Carpal tunnel release is performed with local anesthesia.
Potential Complications from Carpal Tunnel Release:
Possible risks following carpal tunnel release include infection, scarring, bleeding, pain, nerve damage and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.
Prognosis after Carpal Tunnel Release:
The prognosis for a positive end result following carpal tunnel release is very good.
Recovery from Carpal Tunnel Release:
Total recovery following carpal tunnel release is four to six weeks.