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A 48-year-old member asked:

Might carpal tunnel syndrome ever require surgery?

6 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Many patients can adequately treat symptoms of cts with simple, non-operative treatment. This might include night splints, nsaids, cortisone injection into carpal canal. If symptoms continue or progress, with incrasinain, weakness, or worsening numbness and tingling, surgery may be required.
Dr. David Tuckman
Hand Surgery 23 years experience
I can: When carpal tunnel syndrome is mild causes only occasional numbness and tingling in the fingers. Typically the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring. If the symptoms are only every now and then it is merely a nuisance and does not cause any permanent nerve damage. A carpal tunnel release if an option if the symptoms are bothersome.
Dr. Randy Hauck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Carpal tunnel release is the most common operation done by hand surgeons and the only proven disease modifying available therapy.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Treatment for carpal tunnel can range from conservative to surgical. Antiinflammatory medication, splints to start. Injections in the wrist. Nerve studies and at times surgery. Carpal tunnel release can be done open or endoscopic. A hand surgeon can help but the questions to ask are is there potential damage if i wait and can conservative treament work ., .
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Yes: A carpal tunnel release is a very effective procedure for patients that have failed conservative care.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Variable: Surgery often addresses years of symptoms which have been managed mostly palliatively, and have lead to a sequence of remissions and exacerbations. Since surgery can have risk, often used as a last resort. But skilled experienced hand surgeons can truly effect miraculous outcomes, and newer techniques leave almost un-noticeable scarring.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is surgery my only options to treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
No: There are many options to treat carpel tunnel, splint especially at night, anti -inflammation medication, steroid injection, avoid certain movements, if this approach failed surgery could be done.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What can I might to ease the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Hand specialist: Pain meds of course, perhaps pyridoxine supplements, or even a wrist brace. More persistent might be local steroid injection, or even an arthroscopic surgical decompression as an outpatient. A good hand specialist can help immensely, and an ot who specializes can relieve symptoms.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is involved in the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Henley
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
Cut a ligament: Carpal tunnel release surgery involves cutting a tight ligament on the palm side of your wrist, which relieves pressure on the median nerve. Full recovery from surgery may take from two to six weeks. Surgery may be done with a camera and one or two small incisions, or with a larger single incision in the palm. A laser is not used.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What's the name of the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Median nerve release: Carpal tunnel surgery can be done endoscopically (through a camera inserted in a small incision) or open (standard surgery exposing the internal anatomy). Basically, it is a median nerve release but cutting the carpal ligament which holds down the nerve. The median nerve is one of the 3 major nerves running through the wrist. When this nerve is compressed, it causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a surgery to fix carpal tunnel syndrome?

8 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Median nerve release: Yes - the carpal ligament is cut which frees up pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. This relieves the discomfort of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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