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When is it necessary to get a carpal tunnel release done?

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Dr. Alvin Lin answered

Specializes in Geriatrics

Talk to your hand/wrist surgeon about carpal tunnel release if 1) numbness & pain impact function 2) pain can't be managed conservatively via bracing & meds 3) to prevent muscle atrophy.

Answered Jan 13, 2013

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint answered

Specializes in Hand Surgery

And constant numbness, then this is the most important absolute time to get the surgery done soon, we can debate the value of earlier treatment, but this is often the point of no return for full recovery. However if you pass this point it is not a reason to put off surgery

Answered Dec 10, 2013

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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Carpal tunnel should be treated when the diagnosis is made. Early treatment can include oral medications and splints. However with symptoms that do not improve, surgery should be considered. Failure to treat compression of the nerve may lead to irreversible nerve damage.

Answered Jun 2, 2013

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Dr. Kevin Vaught answered

Specializes in

A carpal tunnel release is a very effective procedure for patients that have failed conservative care. It is elective and can be done when convenient. Obviously, it should only be considered if the symptoms are significant enough to consider surgery. Good luck.

Answered Jul 27, 2014

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Dr. Dean Giannone answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Surgery generally is enacted when the pain, tingling or numbness of carpal tunnel syndrome become unbearable and limiting.

Answered Oct 4, 2016

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