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Doctor insights on: Carpal Tunnel Surgical Procedure

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

A medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness, and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more


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I'm having my second carpal tunnel release procedure 3 weeks post 1st surgery. Would it be ok to get a tattoo on opposite arm the next day post op?

I'm having my second carpal tunnel release procedure 3 weeks post 1st surgery. Would it be ok to get a tattoo on opposite arm the next day post op?

Tattoo: There is no contraindication to have a tattoo shortly after a relatively minor procedure such as carpal tunnel release. Just be sure to use a good, clean, reputable tattoo parlor. ...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?

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 ?

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?

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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What is involved in the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is involved in the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel rel: Surgery for carpal tunnel involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament to make room for the median nerve. It can be done through an incision at the base of the palm cutting the ligament from above (open), or from below (endoscopic). Risks are different, but results similar. Stitches removed 10-14 days post op. Return to most activities 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Is surgery my only options to treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

Is surgery my only options to treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

Splints, surgery: The most common treatments for cts are wrist splints that typically are worn at night , anti inflammatory medications, some advocate steroid injections, and if the symptoms persist, a carpal tunnel release surgery. Surgery typically has a very good success rate. ...Read more

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What can be done when carpal tunnel comes back a year and a half after surgery?

What can be done when carpal tunnel comes back a year and a half after surgery?

Carpal Tunnel Syndro: Carpal tunnel release involves cutting of the broad carpal ligament. May be incomplete. At times an ultrasound guided injection can help. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if someone has carpal tunnel syndrome, would that person necessarily have to have surgery?

Carpal tunnel: Since that can have many different degrees of severity for more mild cases surgery is often not need more severe cases surgery is often needed. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, work for tech startup. Can I work until I have surgery? Boss if tough

I've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, work for tech startup. Can I work until I have surgery? Boss if tough

Yes: Try treatments such as: rest periods during work hours, night splint, vitamin b6 100mg / day, over the counter anti-inflammatory meds and ergonomic changes to work space. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel surgery painful?

Carpal tunnel surgery painful?

Carpal Tunnel Surger: For most people this is not painful but recovery will vary according to work status (self employed versus workmen's compensation.). ...Read more

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