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Carpal Tunnel Release: What to Expect


Carpal tunnel syndrome belongs to a group of peripheral nerve disorders known as entrapment neuropathy. Chronic compression of these nerves leads to pain and loss of motor and sensory function of the affected body part.

Carpal tunnel affects 2-3% of adults, making it the most prevalent form of entrapment neuropathy. It is caused by the compression of the median nerve, which passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. The median nerve supplies the forearm and the hand and is responsible for sensation and major hand movements. When this nerve is pinched, it can lead to numbness, pain, and weakness.

This condition can have a negative impact on the overall health and productivity of patients. Aside from limited hand movements, a study has also revealed that patients with carpal tunnel syndrome have poorer sleep quality. They also lack 2.5 hours of sleep compared to what is  recommended.

How Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is Treated

There are non-surgical treatment options available for carpal tunnel syndrome and these include:

  • Keeping the wrist in a neutral position
  • Wearing a wrist splint, especially at night, to prevent overextending your wrist when sleeping
  • Taking pain and anti-inflammatory medications

These methods may work if there’s still no significant damage to the median nerve, according to experts in Raleigh Orthopedic Surgery Center. Otherwise, surgery may be indicated to treat the condition.

Carpal Tunnel Release

This procedure can be performed in Raleigh Outpatient Surgery Center, Nc. It is usually recommended for patients who have failed to see improvements after 6 months of nonsurgical interventions.

Since carpal tunnel release is an outpatient procedure, patients can go home on the same day once the surgery is over.

There are 2 types of carpal tunnel release surgery:

  1. Open carpal tunnel release

The surgeon makes a 2-inch incision on the wrist to reveal the carpal tunnel. The transverse carpal tunnel ligament is cut to make the space larger and relieve the pressure from the median nerve.

2. Endoscopic carpal tunnel release

This type uses an endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera, which is inserted into the wrist through a small incision. This camera will guide the surgeon on where to cut the ligament. Another incision is made in the palm, where the cutting tool is inserted. Once again, the transverse carpal tunnel ligament is cut to release the pressure.

You will only be given a local anesthetic to numb the surgical site, so you won’t be feeling pain during surgery. Once the ligament is cut, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures. Patients will have to wear a bandage or a splint to limit wrist movement during recovery, which usually takes 1-2 weeks.

Learn more about Raleigh Orthopedic Outpatient Surgery Center in Nc

Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center is the FIRST AND ONLY orthopedic surgery center in the triangle to specialize exclusively in orthopedic surgery. Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic surgeons perform more than 4,000 outpatient orthopedic procedures on an annual basis.

Our experienced team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other professional staff work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for you. The Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center has board-certified surgeons and physicians with advanced training in their respective sub-specialties.

The Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center, NC, is committed to providing you with world-class services during your treatment. Your care will at all times be physician-directed and patient-focused.

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