Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

For patients who experience piercing pain along the wrist and up the arm, carpal tunnel surgery may provide relief. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes pressed and squeeze at the wrist. The median nerve controls the sensation to the palm side of the thumb, and some impulses that allow the thumb and fingers to move. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand that houses the median nerve and tendons.

Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome may experience weakness and numbness in the hand and wrist, coupled with pain. In addition, a patient might feel like their hands are tingling for most of the day. As the syndrome progresses, it may be difficult for an individual to grab small objects and to perform manual tasks.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Surgery can help to relieve the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel surgery is one of the top four most commonly performed procedures at Triangle Orthopaedics.

During carpal tunnel surgery, the transverse carpal ligament is cut. This releases the pressure on the median nerve, which relieves the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. An incision is made at the base of the palm of the hand. This allows for the surgeon to view the transverse carpal ligament. The carpal ligament is then cut to relieve the pressure on the median nerve.

Recovering from Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Many patients feel relief immediately after surgery, however full recovery may take months. Your physician will discuss physical therapy treatments with you post-surgery. In the physical therapy clinic, a patient will learn different exercises, which will help the wrist regain strength. Most patients recover completely, and the recurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome post-surgery is rare.

Learn More about Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Our team of specialists is here to answer any of your questions about carpal tunnel surgery and our other procedures at Triangle Orthopaedics. To learn more about how you can relieve wrist and hand pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, contact our Carolina offices at (800) 359-3053.

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Carpal Tunnel Release

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