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Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

What is Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery?

Carpal tunnel release surgery is done to relieve compression in the medial nerve, which is located in the wrist and runs down the entire forearm. During the procedure, one or more incisions are made over the palm. Next, the bands in the hand and wrist that are putting pressure on the median nerve are cut. In some cases, irritated tissue around the nerve is also removed. Carpal tunnel release surgery can be performed through an open procedure, which uses a long, single incision, or with an endoscopic method, which uses a small camera and small incisions.

Also Known As:

  • Carpal tunnel surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Wrist surgery

Conditions Treated with Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery:

Carpal tunnel release surgery is utilized to relieve hand and wrist pain that is the result of carpal tunnel syndrome. The syndrome can also sometimes cause weakness in the hand and fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome can develop as a result of overuse, rheumatoid arthritis, or a wrist fracture.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery:

Non-surgical alternatives to carpal tunnel release surgery include anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, and stretching exercises, in addition to the use of a wrist splint. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to carpal tunnel release surgery.

Anesthesia with Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery:

Carpal tunnel release surgery is generally performed with local anesthesia. In some cases, sedation or general anesthesia may be used.

Potential Complications from Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery:

Potential risks of carpal tunnel release surgery include nerve damage and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used.

Recovery from Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery:

It takes three to six weeks to recovery from carpal tunnel release surgery. It may take longer to heal pre-existing nerve damage.

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