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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. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

When the medial nerve that travels through a small space in your wrist (called the carpal tunne) is injured, resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...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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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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How many doctors will be in the operation room for a carpal tunnel surgery?

How many doctors will be in the operation room for a carpal tunnel surgery?

One or two or three: Usually surgery is performed by one surgeon without an assistant except in training programs where a resident or fellow may be present. Depending on the method of anesthesia a doctor to provide anesthesia may also be present as the surgery can be done with local anesthesia alone, with sedation administered by the surgeon or by an anesthesiologist or under general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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What advanced in dupetryens contracture hand surgery? If patient had surgery twice with recurrence of the cord what options are out there?

What advanced in dupetryens contracture hand surgery?
If patient had surgery twice with recurrence of the cord what options are out there?

Dupuytrens disease: If recurrent can be resected again, but care must be taken to make sure that the scar is not the culprit as well as recurrent disease. that the patient followed the appropriate post operative protocol and that nn compliance was not a reason for failure. The time frame for recurrence is vital to understand as well as if arthritis is present. see below in comments and ill finish ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms and treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome?

What are the main symptoms and treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome?

No : Carpal tunnel is when the median nerve gets pinched at the level of the wrist. The median nerve gives sensation to the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger and these are the digits that develop the pain/numbness/tingling seen with class carpal tunnel. The mainstay of carpal tunnel management is night time splints, steroid injections, and only when those fail is surgery recommended. ...Read more

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What are some signs of carpal tunnel in the hands and if there is a way to prevent carpal tunnel?

What are some signs of carpal tunnel in the hands and if there is a way to prevent carpal tunnel?

Common issues are : Tingling numbness wrist pain loss of dexterity nocturnal or nighttime symptoms. In severe cases weakness and loss of thumb strength. There's definitely a gradient that one sees starting with just a case of night time tingling and going up to to severe loss of strength. http://www.handctr.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html. ...Read more

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Can you choose between several anaesthesia options for carpal tunnel surgery?

Usually: Carpal tunnel surgery can be performed successfully with general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, or local anesthesia. It's important the patient be pain free thru out the procedure. A discussion with your hand surgeon and the anasthesiologist should help you with the decision. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some good carpal tunnel syndrome exercises for the morning after waking up?

Please tell me what are some good carpal tunnel syndrome exercises for the morning after waking up?

Stretching: There are many things you can do. Forced hyperextension of the wrist might help. Wear a cts splint at night to prevent you from curling the wrist (fetal position) while you sleep. Avoid excessive repetitive motions or unatural positions ( I use a mouse pad pillow support ). ...Read more

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I have carpal tunnel. What is the best treatment that's not surgery?

I have carpal tunnel. What is the best treatment that's not surgery?

Treatment carpal: Treatment for carpal tunnel can range from conservative to surgical. Antiinflammatory medication, splints to start. Injections in the wrist. Can work well in many instances if it seems/gets worse or if conservative rx fails nerve studies and posbily surgery. Carpal tunnel release can be done open or endoscopic. A hand surgeon can help. http://www.handctr.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html. ...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: Treatment for carpal tunnel can range from conservative to surgical. Antiinflammatory medication, splints to start. Injections in the wrist. Nerve studies and at times surgery. Carpal tunnel release can be done open or endoscopic. A hand surgeon can help but the questions to ask are is there potential damage if i wait and can conservative treament work ., . ...Read more

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What is the best keyboard and mouse for people having carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is the best keyboard and mouse for people having carpal tunnel syndrome?

Wrist pad: A full size keyboard writh a wrist pad and a mouse with a roller ball. But more importantly is having a pullout drawer to place both at the correct height for you. ...Read more

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What kind of pain medications are given after open carpal tunnel release surgery?

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What kind of pain medications are given after open carpal tunnel release surgery?

Narcotic meds.: Narcotic medications are often helpful during the first 24-48 hours to recover from the acute pain symptoms following carpal tunnel surgery. Afterwards, over-the-counter medications like tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen are generally acceptable and sufficient for pain relief. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome?

What are the treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Many treatments: Carpal tunnel syndrome is treated by avoidance of the repetitive motion, improved work station ergonomics, rest, use of a wrist splint, ice, elevation, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and surgery. ...Read more

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Bilateral spondylolysis at l5. Exhausted all conservative options. Looking at direct repair. Wondering what the success rate is. Not sure what to do!?

Bilateral spondylolysis at l5. Exhausted all conservative options. Looking at direct repair. Wondering what the success rate is. Not sure what to do!?

The success of any..: surgical procedure depends on many factors; most aren't under your control However, there's 1 factor you can control: the experience of the surgeon and hospital.. The more of a particular procedure they do, the more success & fewer complications you'll have. BTW, make sure the symptoms you have are caused by spondylosis or you won't benefit from even the most skillfully performed surgery.. ...Read more

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What is the main precaution for after surgery of severe carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is the main precaution for after surgery of severe carpal tunnel syndrome?

Wound care: Follow your surgeons recommendations with appropriate activity limitations and wound care and the prescribed follow up routine and therapy regimen. ...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