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What exactly is carpal tunnel release surgery?|

What exactly is carpal tunnel release surgery?|

Ligament release: The transverse carpal ligament is the superior border of the carpal tunnel. The median nerve runs within the carpal tunnel and when compressed, causes the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). In order to relive the pressure on the median nerve, the transverse carpal ligament must be released. This is accomplished with either open or endoscopic techniques. ...Read more

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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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How effective is carpal tunnel release surgery?

How effective is carpal tunnel release surgery?

Very high: The success rate of a carpal tunnel release is very high. Assuming a proper work-up and failed conservative therapy, you should do well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is pain normal after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Is pain normal after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Yes: It is normal to have pain at the site of the incision after carpal tunnel surgery for up to two weeks. After that it should be ivestegated. If your surgeon is not interested in helping you you should seek a second opinion soon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about carpal tunnel release surgery?

Can you tell me about carpal tunnel release surgery?

Carpal tunnel : A carpal tunnel release is a very effective procedure for patients that have failed conservative care. It is an outpatient procedure. A small incision is made in the proximal palm of the hand and the transverse carpal ligament is divided to decompress the median nerve. ...Read more

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What is the new method of carpal tunnel release surgery?

What is the new method of carpal tunnel release surgery?

Endoscopic: While it is not new (been around for 20 years), a small incision is made and the surgery is done through a "micro" incision. ...Read more

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What is it like to have a carpal tunnel release surgery?

Relatively simple: Most patient experience significant improvement of numbness and tingling with elimination of pain. The surgery is short and takes only a few minutes and there is little to no pain postoperatively. Down time is approximately 1 week. ...Read more

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When can I drive again after carpal tunnel release surgery?

When can I drive again after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Recovery: Certainly when you are off your pain medications. However, it does depend on the technique, your healing, and recovery. ...Read more

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Need data on the effectiveness of carpal tunnel release surgery?

Need data on the effectiveness of carpal tunnel release surgery?

Very effective: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very effective treatment for people with carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). Failures are usually do to incorrect diagnosis, such as cervical radiculopathy or diabetes, or incomplete surgical release of the transverse carpal ligament. When the right surgery is done for the right reason, the results are excellent. Try the hand society web site assh.Org for more details. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of having a carpal tunnel release surgery?

SUCCESS MEANS?: It all depends on how you define success. It isnearly 100% succecful in taht usually the ligament is released and the nerve pressure goes down, ie the nerve gets decompressed. Is it successful in returning sensation and strength to normal ...That s where expectations, and pre-op assessment and how severe it started from. ...Read more

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When can I take the bandages off after carpal tunnel release surgery?

Ask your surgeon!: When i perform carpal tunnel releases, wether open or endoscopic, I have the patients remove their bandages 2-3 days after surgery. There is no reason for prolonged immobilization after surgery and you can begin using the hand as soon as you feel comfortable. Follow your surgeon's instructions and call the office if you have questions or concerns. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Pess
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Carpal Tunnel Release (Definition)

Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) is treated by releasing the transverse carpal ligament (tcl), surgically with an open, mini-open or endoscopic technique. Tcl relieves the pressure on the median nerve. Open surgery requires complete exposure of the tcl and carpal tunnel (ct). Mini-open surgery only partially exposes these structures. Endoscopic surgery uses a camera and a small ...Read more