Certain circumstances such as injury, overuse, repetitive motion, diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, or fluid retention during pregnancy can cause pressure to build up in the carpal tunnel, the passageway that carries tendons and a major nerve through the wrist into the hand. This pressure in turn can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, a tingling sensation in the hand that's often accompanied by numbness, aching, and impaired hand function. In some instances, splinting of the hand, combined with anti-inflammatory medications, can help relieve the symptoms. In more severe cases however, carpal tunnel surgery may be required to completely resolve the problem.
Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome begins with an incision from the middle of the palm to the wrist. Our skilled plastic surgeon will then cut the tissue that’s pressing on the nerve, in order to relieve the pressure. A large dressing and splint applied after the surgery will restrict motion and promote healing. The scar will gradually fade, until it is barely visible.
The individual results of carpal tunnel surgery will vary, depending on how long the condition has existed and how much damage has been done to the nerve. If you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, it's a good idea to see a doctor as early as possible so that appropriate treatment can be applied.