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Doctor insights on: Laparoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery

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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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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 is carpal tunnel surgery performed?

How is carpal tunnel surgery performed?

By proper surgeon: Carpal tunnel syndrome, if appropriately diagnosed, shold be treated non-surgically if possible and then if surgery is needed, should be performed by a reputable surgeon trained and skilled in this surgery. An incision is made over the middle of the heels of the hand and wrist and down through a fibrous ligament to release pressure on the nerve. Ortho, neuro or plastic surgeons usually do this. ...Read more

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How is carpal tunnel surgery done exactly?

Small incision...: The most common way is to numb the area up (usually with a regional block to make the who arm numb). A small incision is made near the wrist, and the band of connective tissue (flexor retinaculum) that is squeezing on the median nerve is opened up to release the nerve. The wound is then sewed up...And you're done! ...Read more

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How painful is it to have carpal tunnel surgery?

How painful is it to have carpal tunnel surgery?

Not much pain: This is a relatively simple procedure in the hands of an experienced hand surgeon. The minimally invasive procedures typically allow an earlier return to activity and less pain than the traditional open techniques. ...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?

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?

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?

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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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