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Doctor insights on: Carpal Tunnel Pain After Surgery

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones, tissues, and ligaments of the wrist. This tunnel exists to protect the median nerve, which controls sensations and movement to the thumb and fingers (not including the little finger). Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel is inflamed and swollen, which pinches the median nerve and results in feelings of numbness, decreased grip strength, and muscle ...Read more


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What helps carpal tunnel besides surgery?

What helps carpal tunnel besides surgery?

Several treatments: There are several treatment options other than surgery that can help. Only Splinting, steroids (both oral and injected) and anti inflammatories have demonstrated any consistent relief but it is often only temporary and not very effective beyond 2 months. This is usually effective for early and mild carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery to fix carpal tunnel syndrome?

Is there a surgery to fix carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Yes, there is surgery that can be done called carpal tunnel release surgery. However, it is usually reserved until after more conservative measures have failed. If you are interested in surgery, you would need to see an orthopedic surgeon to discuss the details. ...Read more

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Is surgery the answer for carpal tunnel syndrome ?

It can be: When the pain, numbness and tingling of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) can not be relieved with oral/injectable steroids, therapy and/or night splints, surgery is the only option. Open, mini-open and endoscopic techniques are available for treatment. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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Might carpal tunnel syndrome ever require surgery?

Might carpal tunnel syndrome ever require surgery?

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. ...Read more

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How do you know you need surgery for carpal tunnel?

How do you know you need surgery for carpal tunnel?

Well, remember what: I recommended....1st you need to verify the Dx of CTS you say you have in both hands. Have you seen a neurologist, gotten an EMG &/or NCV study? If not, I would consider that mandatory for you to avoid unnecessary surgery. Next, conservative treatment should always be #1, #2, #3 things to consider before surgery. We like to expedite surgery based upon EMG results, loss of hand strength & pain. ...Read more

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Surgery for carpal tunnel - what's the success rate?

Depends on technique: It depends on technique, recovery, therapy and return to work conditions. If you resume the same work without modification recurrence will be high. ...Read more

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When is it time for surgery on carpal tunnel syndrome?

When is it time for surgery on carpal tunnel syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Why is it that my carpal tunnel is worse after surgery?

Why is it that my carpal tunnel is worse after surgery?

First, what is worse: Is it the numbness and tingling. Is it pain or stiffness? There are times when during the surgery increase pressure or contact occurs with the nerve this is especially true in more severe cases. There are other times where full blown numbness pre-op turns into dysethesia or painful tingling which may mean an "improvement" in nerve transmission even if it feels worse as before you felt nothing. ...Read more

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