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A 39-year-old member asked:

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

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Several reasons: 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
When you have pain : 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
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
When Present: 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.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
If symptomatic: 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.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
CTS symptoms.: Surgery generally is enacted when the pain, tingling or numbness of carpal tunnel syndrome become unbearable and limiting.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Should I return to typing after endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
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Sure: After carpal tunnel release it is safe to fully move your fingers and use as tolerated. Depending on the amount of swelling and pain you experience you may need to limit the amount of time you type and take breaks to elevate your hand.
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What is the recovery time for endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

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Dr. Randy Hauck
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Days to months: Depends on how you define recovery. Can use hand right away to write and type. Will be sore at the proximal palm/wrist for 6-8 weeks so anything that puts pressure there will be painful and it takes 6 months to regain grip strength.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What is involved with a carpal tunnel release?

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Rheumatology 51 years experience
Small cut: A small incision is made on the palm side of thewrist and a small knife cuts the tendon that is pressing on the nerve. This is a quick and easy operation.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What should I expect from carpal tunnel release?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Relief of pain and: Numbness in the wrist and the hand.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: carpal tunnel release?

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Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess answered
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Realease: A release of the transverse carpal ligament , which is the roof of the carpal tunnel.

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