Larger numbers of people are affected by carpal tunnel now more than ever. Computers, tablets, and smartphones may be adding to the epidemic, and relief can be hard to find outside of physical therapy, acupuncture, and pain medication. For people afflicted with severe carpal tunnel syndrome, there is a surgical option available.
Candidates for Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery?
Carpal tunnel release surgery may be reserved for people whose carpal tunnel is severely affecting their daily lives. Patients whose symptoms last despite an extended period of non-surgical treatment may be the ideal candidates. If treatments have been ongoing for weeks or months with little to no effect, surgery may be the next step.
Patients with nerve damage, though, typically may require surgery sooner. If there is a chronic loss of feeling, lack of thumb strength, or no coordination in the fingers, the release surgery may be indicated.
How Well Does the Surgery Work?
Many people report their carpal tunnel pain symptoms are eliminated after the surgery, and a smaller number of people say they have significantly less pain and numbness after the procedure.
While rare, some people could have a temporary loss of strength when they’re pinching an object, but the strength may be restored after a few months. Depending on the condition of the thumb muscles prior to surgery, hand strength could be minimal.
What Does the Surgery Entail?
Carpal tunnel release surgery may require the transverse carpal ligament to be severed which could release the pressure on the median nerve to eliminate pain.
Unless there are complications or the patient has underlying health conditions, there may not be a need for a hospital stay. Speak with the surgeon regarding the use of general anesthesia or a local anesthetic.
Carpal tunnel syndrome might seem like a simple disorder, but it could be painful and make daily tasks uncomfortable or challenging. Carpal tunnel release surgery may be safe and highly effective at combatting this annoying disorder.
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