Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when pressure on the median nerve, which runs from your forearm and through your wrist, results in tingling, numbness, discomfort, or a loss of strength in the patient’s thumb and palm. A fracture, overuse, rheumatoid arthritis, and unfortunately, genetics, can all eventually irritate or press the median nerve until the patient begins experiencing this pain, weakness, or loss of feeling.
The doctor can opt for open surgery, during which they would make an incision roughly two inches from the wrist to the palm. This would allow them to access the ligament responsible for the pressure on the median nerve. During this procedure, your surgeon will cut the patient’s ligament, but it will grow back together. When it re-grows, the ligament will no longer exert the same pressure on the median nerve.
Alternatively, a Carpal Tunnel Release may best be best performed by an endoscopic surgery, during which your surgeon will create two small incisions in the patient’s wrist and/or forearm. A tiny camera will be inserted to give the visibility required to cut the ligament.
Before a patient opts for Carpal Tunnel Release surgery, their doctor may recommend they try an alternative, non-surgical solution first.
If the prescribed brace, corticosteroids, or other treatment options doesn’t improve the patient’s Carpal Tunnel after six months, their doctor may finally suggest a hand surgery so that they can return to their daily comfortable function without issue.
Patients experiencing numbness and tingling in their ring or pinky finger, or who are having trouble controlling their fingers, may alternatively have Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. This issue is caused by pressure on the Ulnar nerve, which runs from your neck to your hand. The ligament creating pressure on the nerve is once again cut during the treatment, but the incision is made in the region of the elbow known as the “funny bone.”