Surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is often the most effective way to decrease pressure on the median nerve and relieve symptoms associated with CTS. The type of carpal tunnel release surgery performed generally depends on what is causing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome cases that are caused by cysts, tumors, or fractures may be dealt with by removing the abnormality to decrease irritation of the median nerve. More commonly, CTS that is caused by local swelling and inflammation around the median nerve may be treated with minimal incision carpal tunnel release.
The surgeons at the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence are highly skilled in various hand procedures, and can help determine the most effective course of treatment for your carpal tunnel syndrome, even if it’s non-surgical treatment. When surgery is the best options, we pride ourselves in offering the most advanced and cutting edge surgical techniques in order to provide our patients with unparalleled surgical outcomes.
Contact us today at (888) 529-1873 to find out more information.
Who is a Candidate for Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery?
Though some patients may wish to reserve surgery as a last resort, surgical correction can dramatically reduce symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Patients who fit any of the following criteria should consider having carpal tunnel surgery:
- People who experience recurrent or more severe symptoms after exhausting conservative therapeutic options
- People with severe CTS that is not relieved through non-surgical treatment
- People who wish to receive long-term relief for their carpal tunnel syndrome
What is Minimal Incision Carpal Tunnel Release?
Minimal incision carpal tunnel release is a surgical procedure used to decompress the median nerve in the hand. This alleviates the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome and restores normal sensation to the hand and fingers. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis.
Minimal incision carpal tunnel release involves a small three to four centimeter incision at the base of the palm. After the surgeon has exposed the transverse carpal ligament overlying the carpal tunnel, a thin metal guide is inserted to separate the ligament from the median nerve. This guide serves to protect the median nerve from injury during surgery. Next, the surgeon cuts the transverse carpal ligament, creating more space for the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. Inflamed tissue in nearby tendons may be removed if necessary to promote better healing and pain relief. Finally, the incision is closed with sutures and a splint is applied to the wrist for stabilization.
At the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence, our surgeons are experienced in the most advanced surgical treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Our minimal incision approach helps to reduce pain and speed up recovery time for patients undergoing carpal tunnel surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long after carpal tunnel surgery can I go back to work on a computer?
A: Recovery involves about one week for the skin to heal, followed by a few weeks of physical therapy. During that time, you will more than likely be able to work as normal.
Q: Will carpal tunnel release prevent me from playing guitar or playing other musical instruments?
A: No! Carpal tunnel release surgery should only improve your ability to play instruments, which is often difficult to do when you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Contact a Carpal Tunnel Surgeon
The Hand Surgery Center of Excellence offers renowned orthopedic and plastic surgeons specializing in the treatment of hand conditions. If you have any questions or are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, contact our hand surgeons in Los Angeles by calling (888) 529-1873 or through the appointment scheduling form on our website. We look forward to treating your carpal tunnel symptoms.
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