What To Expect From Carpal Tunnel Surgery

If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and conservative treatment methods have failed, surgery may be an option. Carpal Tunnel Surgery can help reduce pressure on the nerve in the wrist that is causing the distressing symptoms. 

Symptoms can include pain, numbness, and tingling that can be very bothersome and worsen over time. With a carpal tunnel release, the doctor will cut the ligament that is pressing on the nerve. This allows it to then pass through the wrist free of pressure. 

 

What Does the Surgery Entail?

Carpal tunnel surgery usually starts with a local anesthetic to numb the hand and wrist. 

With an open release, the surgeon cuts a 2-inch incision in the wrist. They then use surgical instruments to cut the ligaments. 

With an endoscopic release, they make two two-half-inch incisions. One on the wrist and one on the palm. They then insert a camera through one incision, which helps them guide the instruments into the other to cut the ligament. 

The surgeon then stitches up the incisions. Stitches are removed 1-2 weeks after surgery. 

The hand and wrist are then bandaged and possibly put into a splint after surgery. You are then monitored for a short time and then able to go home. 

 

What Can I Expect After Surgery?

Immediately after an open carpal tunnel surgery, there can be some pain, weakness, and numbness. The symptoms generally subside within a few days but can last longer. 

A wound will require bandage changes that our carpal tunnel specialist in Brooksville will review with you during surgical education. You may also be required to wear a splint following surgery. 

You will likely be able to return to work 6-8 weeks after the surgery if it requires heavy lifting or repetitive motions. If not, you may be able to go back to work within as few as two weeks. 

 

Are There Risks Involved with Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Just as with any surgery, there are some risks with Carpal Tunnel Surgery. You’ll likely have local anesthesia for the procedure, which is generally safe, but sometimes deep sedation is used. Deep sedation or anesthesia does pose a risk for some individuals. Other possible risks include:

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Injury to surrounding nerves

Remember, recovery can be longer if you have had carpal tunnel syndrome longer or if you have a job with repetitive motion of the wrist. The fastest and best recovery is likely by following physician orders after surgery. 

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If you are near Spring Hill and need Orthopedic information, including carpal tunnel surgery, connect with us at Tarabishy Orthopedics. We can also provide a consultation if you need information on Trigger finger release in Brooksville

Dr. Tarashiby is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is committed to patients and offers the highest quality treatment solutions in Brooksville, Spring Hill, Weeki Wachee, and the surrounding areas. He also offers knee replacement surgery, hip replacement surgery, and Mako Robotic Surgery, an innovative technology to ensure precision and better outcomes after hip or knee surgery.

Contact us with questions or to learn what options may best fit your medical needs. 

 

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