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How does carpal tunnel surgery work exactly ?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Teddy Atik
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: Space enlarging

it cuts the ligament which makes up the roof of the carpal tunnel enlarging the space and getting rid of the compression on the median nerve

In brief: Space enlarging

it cuts the ligament which makes up the roof of the carpal tunnel enlarging the space and getting rid of the compression on the median nerve
Dr. Teddy Atik
Dr. Teddy Atik
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: See below

A carpal tunnel release divides the transverse carpal ligament that firms the roof of the carpal tunnel that the median nerve passes through.
This decompresses the nerve and usually eliminates the symptoms of CTS.

In brief: See below

A carpal tunnel release divides the transverse carpal ligament that firms the roof of the carpal tunnel that the median nerve passes through.
This decompresses the nerve and usually eliminates the symptoms of CTS.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Release of pressure

The surgery opens the roof of the carpal tunnel to take pressure off the nerve.

In brief: Release of pressure

The surgery opens the roof of the carpal tunnel to take pressure off the nerve.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Release carpal lig

It essentially involves cutting or releasing the transverse carpal ligament and can be done using a variety of approaches.

In brief: Release carpal lig

It essentially involves cutting or releasing the transverse carpal ligament and can be done using a variety of approaches.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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