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Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

If conservative treatment options fail to resolve the condition your surgeon may recommend surgery. 

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with carpal tunnel release surgery. The traditional surgery involves an incision of up to 2 inches in the palm and wrist area, whereas endoscopic surgery involves one or two half-an-inch incisions and the use of an endoscope. During the surgery, the transverse carpal ligament will be dissected to release the pressure on the median nerve and enlarge the carpal tunnel. Your surgeon will decide which options are best for you based on your general and medical conditions. 

Postoperative Care for Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Your surgeon may suggest that you practice certain postoperative procedures for better recovery and avoid further complications. 

  • Elevate your hand above heart level to reduce swelling.
  • Wear a splint. 
  • Ice packs to the surgical area to reduce swelling.
  • Keep the surgical incision clean and dry. Cover the area with plastic wrap when bathing or showering.
  • Physical therapy may be ordered to restore your wrist strength.
  • Eating a healthy diet and not smoking will promote healing.

Risks and Complications of Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

You may not experience any complications following carpal tunnel release surgery. However, sometimes you may suffer from pain, infections, scarring, and nerve damage causing weakness, paralysis or loss of sensation and stiffness in the hand and wrist area.