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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 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 it possible that after the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome about the wrist I suffered suffered nerve damage?

Is it possible that after the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome about the wrist I suffered suffered nerve damage?

Yes: It is quite rare but possible for a nerve injury to occur during carpal tunnel release surgery. It is also possible for the nerve to feel slightly hypersensitive in the immediate post operative period. I would seek a second opinion if you are concerned for a nerve injury. ...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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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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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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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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What kind of pre-tests for surgery are done for carpal tunnel syndrome?

What kind of pre-tests for surgery are done for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Electrodiagnostics.: An electrodiagnostic evaluation (also known as an emg/ncs study) is usually ordered to confirm the location and severity of nerve compression. Other diagnoses can mimic carpal tunnel syndrome, such as cervical radiculopathy, so an emg/ncs study is helpful to corroborate your physician's findings. ...Read more

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

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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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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