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What is carpal tunnel surgery like?

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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Eric Weisman
The surgery can be done endoscopically by some surgeries (FASTER RECOVERY) Be sure to have an NCV done before the surgery to exclude conditions that mimic CTS or complicate matters ( Marten gruber anastomosis / all median hand/ ligament of struthers entrapment / polyneuropathy neuropathy, double crush syndromes, etc)
Dr. David Tuckman
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Quick

The procedure take 5-10 min.
A small incision is made on the palm of the hand and the pressure is take off the nerve. After the surgery you are in a light dressing for a couple of days. You can return to light office work in a couple of days. Heavy lifting in around 3-4 weeks.

In brief: Quick

The procedure take 5-10 min.
A small incision is made on the palm of the hand and the pressure is take off the nerve. After the surgery you are in a light dressing for a couple of days. You can return to light office work in a couple of days. Heavy lifting in around 3-4 weeks.
Dr. David Tuckman
Dr. David Tuckman
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: carpal tunnel

Here is a link to page with diagrams and a video http://www.
Handctr.Com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.Html.

In brief: carpal tunnel

Here is a link to page with diagrams and a video http://www.
Handctr.Com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.Html.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Ben Ferguson
Surgery

In brief: Usually very quick

Typically, the operation involves a skin incision over the wrist and an incision through the fibrous layer of tissue that holds everything in the carpal tunnel in place, which essentially allows for more space and relieves the pressure.
Then, the skin is closed, and the fibrous tissue usually heals on its own.

In brief: Usually very quick

Typically, the operation involves a skin incision over the wrist and an incision through the fibrous layer of tissue that holds everything in the carpal tunnel in place, which essentially allows for more space and relieves the pressure.
Then, the skin is closed, and the fibrous tissue usually heals on its own.
Ben Ferguson
Ben Ferguson
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