A 40-year-old female asked:
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when is it time for surgery on carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
When other treatment: When other treatment has not helped, evaluating any other medical problems, avoiding activities that may be causing symptoms, using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory wearing a wrist splint to keep your wrist straight, in some cases, oral corticosteroids or corticosteroid injections into the carpal tunnel and some emergency conditions.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
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 ., .
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Jeremy Bland
40 years experience Neuromuscular Medicine
When getting worse: Surgery is required when the condition of the nerve is deteriorating despite non-surgical measures AND is causing significant problems for the patient. You may choose to go straight for surgery when there is clear evidence of nerve damage when the patient first presents. On the other hand there are a few patients with very severe CTS but few complaints and they may be best left alone.
Answered on Dec 4, 2016

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