Carpal tunnel surgery (or carpal tunnel release) is used to address and treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome typically occurs when tissues in the wrist swell, thicken and then compress or put pressure on the median nerve that runs down the forearm and into the wrist. Those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome typically have pain, numbness and tingling in their hand or wrist.
If you’re experiencing carpal tunnel symptoms or have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, you can discuss your surgical options with the expert orthopedic surgeons at Riverview Health.
Doctors at Riverview Health will likely recommend carpal tunnel release to treat your symptoms if you’ve been experiencing them for more than six months, or if nonsurgical approaches, such as splints or physical therapy, haven’t been effective after more than seven weeks of use.
In some instances, carpal tunnel surgery may be available as minimally invasive surgery. When you meet with one of our orthopedic specialists, be sure to ask if this is an option for you, as it can result in a shorter recovery period and less pain.
Your procedure will happen right at Riverview Health and be performed by one of our orthopedic surgeons. This surgery involves cutting part of your carpal ligament to take some of the pressure off of your median nerve.
Some people benefit from wearing a brace in the weeks following their procedure to help keep their wrists stable. Others may use physical therapy to aid in their recovery, which can last anywhere from 2-12 months.
Carpal tunnel surgery is largely effective, with more than 90 percent of people finding relief from their symptoms after carpal tunnel surgery. To keep your wrist as healthy as possible, you may need to adjust how you use your hands and wrists, if that was how you developed carpal tunnel syndrome.
Get back to doing the activities you love by consulting with an orthopedic specialist at Riverview Health about carpal tunnel surgery. Request an appointment with our orthopedic team today by calling 317.565.0505 or by completing an appointment request form.