We often take our hands for granted. In many ways, it is our hands that make us human: they express our emotions, show our age, produce masterpieces in art and science and allow us to make a decent living! Our hands allow us to build our personal and professional lives.
Many people who work with their hands experience numbness and tingling in their fingers called ‘Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’. The ‘Carpal Tunnel’ is the anatomic passageway on the inside of the wrist connecting the forearm with the palm. Several tendons that control the hand as well as the Median Nerve pass through it. The median nerve supplies the sensation to the thumb and first two fingers. Because the carpal tunnel is extremely narrow and cannot expand any localized swelling will put pressure on the median nerve, leading to weakness and numbness in the hand that can be irritating at best… disabling at the worst. Surgical correction is often the only method to alleviate this condition.
How its done?
Pressure on the median nerve is relieved through an incision extending from the base of the palm to the wrist releasing constricted swollen tissues underneath. Endoscopic carpal tunnel is another method achieving the same result by using a flexible surgical endoscope through a smaller incision on the wrist. The procedure often takes only a few minutes and is usually performed using local anesthesia or arm block (with sedation).
Why choose us?
At the WSC, our board-certified plastic surgeons have years of experience and excellence in hand surgery. Our team of anesthesiologists, nurses and caregivers are devoted to providing you with the highest level of care. We do our best to keep you informed, put you at ease and provide you with a satisfying experience.
Performed as an outpatient procedure, patients experience minimal discomfort that is easily controlled with oral medication. Although the symptoms can be relieved immediately, full recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome can take months. Physical therapy after surgery to restore wrist strength is required and the vast majority of patients recover completely.
Detailed pre- and post-operative instructions will be provided at the WSC.
What do I do?
Our goal is to provide you with the information required to ease the decision-making process.
We strongly encourage you to research the operation thoroughly. Here are some useful links to help you: