Carpel Tunnel Surgery

People who suffer from carpel tunnel syndrome may use a carpel tunnel brace or they might use a long term treatment. Carpel tunnel surgery is not for everyone with this medical condition. In order to use this treatment the patient must have severe carpel tunnel symptoms that is causing the loss of feeling in their fingers and is keeping them from performing their daily routine.

If the patient has tried other treatments (not surgical) to treat carpel tunnel – but have not been able to stop the symptoms after 3 to 12 months may be eligible for this surgery. Some people will have such a severe form of carpel tunnel syndrome that the median nerve in their wrist is damaged and they are not able to use their hand.

Carpel Tunnel Release

Carpel tunnel release is the only form of carpel tunnel surgery. During this procedure the surgeon will cut the transverse carpel ligament in order to remove pressure from the median nerve and relieve patients of the carpel tunnel symptoms.

They will make a small incision at the base of the palm. This cut is closed after the ligament is cut and sealed with stitches. This is a very simple procedure that is performed under local anesthetic and the patient is able to return home the very same day.

The stitches will be removed 10 to 14 days after the carpel tunnel surgery. Depending on certain circumstances your doctor may require that you wear a splint for a few weeks. The pain and numbness and other symptoms from this condition will leave your body after a few weeks or a few months. It is best not to do any strenuous things with your hand for at least three months.

The majority of people who use carpel tunnel release to fix the problem will have little to no symptoms in their hand. The success rate has been researched and averaged to 95%. Depending on whether or not the surgery was endoscopic or open will depend on how quickly you heal. People who use open surgery may recover much slower and will experience pain in their hands and wrist and around the scar. It is rare for the carpel tunnel symptoms to return.