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What is carpal tunnel surgery like?

What is carpal tunnel surgery like?

CTR: A carpal tunnel release divides the transverse carpal ligament which forms the roof of the carpal tunnel. By dividing the TCL, the median nerve is decompressed and alleviates the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. It is performed on an outpatient basis. ...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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What is endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery?

What is endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery?

CTS Surgery: The endoscopic surgery is performed by a orthopedic surgeon who makes very small incisions in the wrist area and then use them to decompress the median nerve which is involved in cts. The down time is substantially less with this surgery. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of carpal tunnel surgery?

Usually none: Carpal tunnel surgery is often a very effective and safe procedure especially when performed by highly experienced hand surgeons. There is always the risk of an incomplete release or recurrent symptoms due to scar tissue and other issues. These risks can be minimized by using certain precautions and techniques. Most patients resume their work activity without difficulty. ...Read more

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How does carpal tunnel surgery affect the nervous system?

Relieves pressure: The goal of carpal tunnel surgery is to relieve pressure on the median nerve within the carpal tunnel. Thus should relieve pain, numbness, tingling and muscle atrophy due to compromise of the nerve. ...Read more

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What are good exercises to prevent carpal tunnel surgery?

What are good exercises to prevent carpal tunnel surgery?

None: There are tendon and nerve gliding exercises that have been described. I have not found these very effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. You can try doing exercises for a period of one month to 6 weeks. If you're carpal tunnel symptoms are not resolved i would consider surgery. ...Read more

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What to do if mild pain recurs after carpal tunnel surgery?

What to do if mild pain recurs after carpal tunnel surgery?

Time: You need time, up to 6 month to recover. Pain, unfortunately , is part of recovering from surgery. Contact your surgeon and ask for pain medications. ...Read more

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Going to have endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. ....Any advice?

Going to have endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. ....Any advice?

Speak to surgeon: Understand the risks & benefits, make sure you understand the alternatives to surgery, get your questions even the ones you don't think are important answered before the surgery, make sure you provide a full medical history. Understand the post operative protocol http://jeffreywintmd.blogspot.com/2014/09/informed-patient-tutorial-carpal-tunnel.html here is a good start but ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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When will the swelling go down after open carpal tunnel surgery?

When will the swelling go down after open carpal tunnel surgery?

Ten days or so: Should be resolved by 10-14 days. Elevation of the operated hand above the heart will hasten the resolution of swelling. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an indication for carpal tunnel surgery?

How can I tell if I have an indication for carpal tunnel surgery?

Constant symptoms: Once symptoms have been constant for 6 months, it's hard to resolve them with non-operative treatment. Loss of muscle bulk in the thumb or complete loss of sensation in the digits is an indication for operative treatment. Oral/injectable steroids, splints and or therapy are used to treat symptoms. If symptoms continue after these treatments, surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Carpal Tunnel Surgery (Definition)

Carpal tunnel is when the median nerve gets pinched at the level of the wrist. This "pinching" is done by the transverse carpal ligament which is longitudinally split during surgery. This can be ...Read more