Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery (Wrist Trap Neuropathy)
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) surgery, also known as carpal tunnel release, is a surgical procedure performed to alleviate the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. CTS is a condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist, becomes compressed or irritated, leading to symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers.
The goal of carpal tunnel syndrome surgery is to relieve the pressure on the median nerve by enlarging the space within the carpal tunnel. There are two main types of surgical approaches for carpal tunnel release:
- Open release surgery: In this procedure, a small incision is made in the palm of the hand at the base of the wrist. The surgeon then cuts the transverse carpal ligament, which forms the roof of the carpal tunnel, to relieve pressure on the median nerve.
- Endoscopic release surgery: This procedure involves making one or two smaller incisions in the wrist or palm and inserting an endoscope, a thin tube with a camera attached, to guide the surgical instruments. The surgeon then cuts the transverse carpal ligament using specialized instruments, similar to the open release technique.
Both open and endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgeries aim to achieve the same outcome—relieving pressure on the median nerve. The choice of the surgical approach depends on factors such as the surgeon’s preference, the severity of the condition, and the patient’s individual circumstances.
Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that patients can go home on the same day of the procedure. Recovery times can vary, but most patients experience improvement in symptoms within a few weeks to a few months following surgery.
It’s important to note that surgery is usually considered after conservative treatments, such as wrist splinting, activity modifications, and anti-inflammatory medications, have been tried and failed to provide adequate relief. Your healthcare professional will assess your specific condition and symptoms to determine whether carpal tunnel syndrome surgery is the most appropriate treatment option for you.
If you suspect you have carpal tunnel syndrome or have been recommended for surgery, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional, such as an orthopedic surgeon or hand specialist. They will evaluate your condition, discuss the benefits and risks of surgery, and guide you through the appropriate treatment plan tailored to your needs.