The National Center for Health Statistics states that approximately 260,000 carpal tunnel release surgeries are performed each year. Nearly 47% of all cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are caused by work-related activities, and approximately 1% of people with carpal tunnel syndrome may develop permanent injury to the affected hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome also accounts for the highest average number of days lost at work, when compared to all other major work-related injuries or illnesses.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel, a narrow confined space in the wrist. The median nerve provides sensory and motor functions to the thumb and three middle fingers, and pressure to this nerve many cause many symptoms such as pain, tingling and other problems in your hand.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve. This pressure may have a number of contributing factors, including:
Each individual experiences the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome differently, and some symptoms may resemble other medical conditions or problems. The following are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome:
We will work with you to determine a specific treatment plan that’s right for you based on the following factors:
Your treatment may include:
In general, surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is performed as an outpatient procedure under local and/or sedation. An incision is made in the wrist area, and the tissue that is pressing on the nerves is cut in order to decrease the pressure. This can be done using an endoscope or open technique.
After surgery, your wrist may be immobilized in a large dressing and/or wrist brace to help stabilize the area. We may also recommend that you keep your hand elevated while sleeping at night.
Your recovery time will depend on the severity of your condition. If the nerve has been compressed for a long period of time, your recovery may take longer. Moving your fingers and wrist a few days after surgery will help to prevent stiffness. To ensure proper healing in your hand, you will also need to restrict certain post-operative activities for a period of time.