Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that can cause pain and numbness in your hand, wrist, and forearm. It occurs when the ulnar nerve that runs to your hand is compressed, often within the carpal tunnel. Surgery is a way to relieve pressure on this nerve to alleviate your symptoms.
At our practice, our providers take the time to ensure high-quality results for each and every patient. We use the most advanced techniques and technology available to minimize your discomfort and maximize your outcomes.
When Does Carpal Tunnel Surgery Become Necessary?
Surgery is often recommended when conservative treatments like splinting, corticosteroid injections and physical therapy have not provided relief. If you are experiencing persistent pain, numbness or weakness in your hand, wrist or forearm, make an appointment with one of our providers to discuss your treatment options.
How Is It Performed?
Carpal tunnel surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be able to go home the same day. The surgery involves making a small incision in your wrist and releasing the pressure on the ulnar nerve. Our providers may utilize a minimally invasive form of this surgery if suitable for your condition and lifestyle.
What Is the Recovery Like?
Most patients report significant relief from their symptoms after carpal tunnel surgery. You will likely have some soreness and swelling around the incision site, but you and your provider may manage this with pain medication. You will also need to keep your incision dry for a few days and avoid strenuous activity for about six weeks.
Following your surgery, you will work with our post-operative rehabilitation team to help you regain strength and mobility. Depending on your specific needs, you may work with our occupational and/or physical therapy team to improve the overall function of the hand and wrist.