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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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Post carpal tunnel surgery, can a follow-up nerve conduction study (ncs) have adverse effects or make the hand worse. Can ncs lead to complex regional pain syndrome?

Post carpal tunnel surgery, can a follow-up nerve conduction study (ncs) have adverse effects or make the hand worse. Can ncs lead to complex regional pain syndrome?

Not really ; Ditto: Although I am not sure why a follow-up nerve conduction study would be necessary there is little chance that could cause any type of harm or worsening of symptoms. I am unaware of any literature that supports the notion of complex regional pain syndrome as a result of a nerve conduction study. ...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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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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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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Show diagram of carpal tunnel surgery?

Show diagram of carpal  tunnel surgery?

Video carpal tunnel: Ill do one better here is a link to page with diagrams and a video <a href="http://www.handctr.Com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.handctr.Com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html</a>. ...Read more

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How is carpal tunnel surgery done exactly?

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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Do I know if I need carpal tunnel surgery?

Do I know if I  need carpal tunnel surgery?

Symptoms: In general he wanted to get to carpal tunnel syndrome before you have any permanent nerve damage. If the numbness and tingling is getting worse or if the numbness and tingling is constant this is a bad sign. If the symptoms are only intermittent you can try splinting or injections of cortisone with a reasonably good success rate. ...Read more

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How does carpal tunnel surgery work exactly ?

How does carpal tunnel surgery work exactly ?

Easy: It is one of the simples surgeries in the world. Takes few minutes just to grab scissor and cut the band of fibrous tissue that is pressing the median nerve. Pts. Get a wound like 2-3 inches long from the palm of the hand down to the wrist. Stitches are placed on the skin to be removed few days later. Some sort of immobilization with a wrist brace is place to prevent movement of the wound. ...Read more

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What can I expect after carpal tunnel surgery?

What can I expect after carpal tunnel surgery?

Usually relief: Typically results from carpal tunnel surgery are good. That is, symptoms resolve with relatively little down time. While surgeons differ in their protocol, in my practice the operation is done under local anesthesia with light sedation and the patient can use the hand for most activities right after surgery. Stitches come out at two weeks and the patient leaves with a band aid. That's usually it. ...Read more

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Tell me about successful carpal tunnel surgery?

Tell me about successful carpal tunnel surgery?

Good results: Carpal tunnel surgery is an option if you have been thoroughly evaluated by a specialist, the diagnosis has been confirmed with nerve studies and you have failed appropriate conservative measures. Having said that, the surgery had a good success rate. ...Read more

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Has anyone had carpal tunnel surgery with local?

Has anyone had carpal tunnel surgery with local?

Yes: This can be done if necessary. We will often do this for pregnant women due to concern for the fetus and any drugs that may affect it. Also people too sick for anesthesia. ...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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Is the carpal tunnel surgery a risky thing to do?

Is the carpal tunnel surgery a risky thing to do?

Here is video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4hty1vyrxg. Any operation has common and uncommon risks and benefits. ...Read more

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What is the success rate for carpal tunnel surgery?

What is the success rate for carpal tunnel surgery?

High: Practically most patient are happy, but few cases did not repond because there is neuropathy, or repetitive strain injury not nerve entrapment. ...Read more

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What are some complications of carpal tunnel surgery?

What are some complications of carpal tunnel surgery?

Hopefully nothing: This is fairly routine, superficial surgery and complications are rare. It is theoretically possible to cause damage to surrounding nerves or blood vessels in addition to usual risks (infection, poor wound healing, etc), but these are rare. ...Read more

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When can I go back to work after carpal tunnel surgery?

When can I go back to work after carpal tunnel surgery?

6 weeks: For most patients, they are able to gradually resume most normal activities around 6 weeks after surgery. Most do not require occupational therapy on the hand. However, ot can be helpful if the recovery is slow. The type of work being done influences when someone can return. The more strenuous the work the more time it takes. Your surgeon can help you make a plan as to when you can return. ...Read more

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How long should I wait til I have carpal tunnel surgery?

How long should I wait til I have carpal tunnel surgery?

Severity: It depends on the severity of your symptoms and functional abilities. If atrophy has set it or you are not capable of completing daily activities without simple modifications it may be time to seek relief. ...Read more

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What will be the complications of carpal tunnel surgery?

What will be the complications of carpal tunnel surgery?

Hopefully nothing: This is fairly routine, superficial surgery and complications are rare. It is theoretically possible to cause damage to surrounding nerves or blood vessels in addition to usual risks (infection, poor wound healing, etc). ...Read more

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What are the best exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

What are the best exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

Keep fingers moving: After any hand surgery it's important to keep the fingers moving. Make full fists and extend the fingers many times throughout the day. After a week or two start moving the wrist. ...Read more

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How much does carpal tunnel surgery cost . Does it hurt ?

The Costs can hurt.: Well let's see. There is the surgeon's fee, operating room fee, recovery room fee, anesthesiologist's fee, pre-operative testing costs, miscellaneous intra-operative supply fees, post-operative medication fee and possible rehab costs. Your insurance company may have already negotiated a lot of the costs already. Without insurance, you will have to ask around for the best price. Minimal pain. ...Read more

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Why shouldn't you wear a sling after carpal tunnel surgery?

Slings: Typically it is more ideal to elevate s limb after surgery. Although a sling can be tightened, ultimately the wrist is still lower than the heart which will lead to swelling. ...Read more

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What are recommended exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

What are recommended exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

Keep fingers moving: Immediately after surgery it's important to keep your fingers moving with your wrist in a neutral position (not bent backward or foreward). Try doing this several times an hour while awake for the first 24 hours. Movements should be slow and full - fully extend the fingers straight and fully flex them into the palm, but without gripping tightly. ...Read more

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What is the typical recovery time after carpal tunnel surgery?

What is the typical recovery time after carpal tunnel surgery?

CTR recovery: In my practice the patient has a soft dressing for 1 week and they start mobilizing in the second week. Recovery from the carpal tunnel surgery can be as quick as two weeks but the nerve recovery may take 6 months if the nerve compression was severe. Scar matures over 6-9 months. Your hand surgeon is the best person to give you detailed information about recovery specific to your condition. ...Read more

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What can you expect during recovery from carpal tunnel surgery?

What can you expect during recovery from carpal tunnel surgery?

Good things: Usually an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia with light sedation so home fairly soon after the procesure. Sutures usually are in for about two weeks but during that time the hand can be used for most things. Pre-operative discomfort should be relieved fairly soon after surgery with full sensation and strength somewhat more variable. A good operation if you need it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: carpal tunnel surgery?

What is the definition or description of: carpal tunnel surgery?

No : 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 done open or endoscopically. ...Read more

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What are the criteria for going ahead with carpal tunnel surgery?

What are the criteria for going ahead with carpal tunnel surgery?

Persistent symptoms: If you have persistent symptoms of numbness, weakness or pain with a diagnosis of CTS despite trying some conservative management including a splint, anti inflammatories, or steroids then you really should consider surgery. the success rate is very good at over 90%. Surgery will delay any further injury to the nerve which can even lead to permanent nerve damage if not managed appropriately. ...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