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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery in Nehru Enclave, Delhi

Carpal tunnel syndrome leads to pain, numbness, and tingling sensation in your fingers and restricts motion of the wrist. Carpal tunnel release is a surgery to treat and potentially heal this situation. Consult an Orthopaedic surgeon in Delhi to discuss the symptoms, surgical procedure, and possible results after the surgery.

What is Carpal Tunnel Release?

A carpal tunnel is a narrow tube in the wrist that allows the median nerve and tendon to connect your hand and forearm. Carpal tunnel syndrome results due to narrowing of the carpal tunnel. So the orthopedic surgeon near you gives you relief from the pain by incising the ligament that passes through the carpal tunnel.

Who Qualifies for Carpal Tunnel Release?

Under the following conditions, you need to undergo carpal tunnel release:

  • Numbness at night
  • Pain in thumb, index, and middle finger
  • Decreased feeling in the fingertips
  • Difficulty in handling objects and using keyboard

Why is Carpal Tunnel Release performed?

Various reasons to perform carpal tunnel release are:

  • If changes in routine, braces, and corticosteroids have not helped you.
  • The results of your electromyography test determine carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Muscles of your hands or wrist get weaker or smaller due to severe pinching of the median nerve.
  • Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome last for more than six months.
  • You face extreme difficulty to grip or grasp objects.

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Types of Carpal Tunnel Release

There are usually two types of carpal tunnel release surgery:

  • Open surgery-It includes 2 inches long incision in the wrist to perform the surgery.
  • Endoscopic surgery-It involves a small incision to put an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube) inside your wrist. The camera attached to the endoscope guides your doctor. The surgeon inserts small tools inside the wrist from another incision. 

How to prepare for Carpal Tunnel Release?

Before the procedure, you must avoid smoking and not consume blood-thinning drugs. You must not eat or drink anything before 6 to 12 hours of the surgery. The doctor will take a blood test and electrocardiogram before the surgery. 

How is Carpal Tunnel Release performed?

Sedation before the surgery by general anesthesia or local anesthesia numbs the pain. The orthopedic surgeon will incise the ligament around the carpal tunnel to decrease the pressure around the median nerve. Due to tissue removal around the median nerve, it no longer passes through the filament. The incision is closed by stitches or sutures. Your wrist is placed in a splint or heavy bandage to keep it intact. 

After Carpal Tunnel Release 

Recovery after the surgery takes nearly several weeks to several months of the surgery. You have to wear a splint or a heavy bandage on your wrist for a week. Physiotherapy will strengthen and heal your wrist and hand. 

Benefits of Carpal Tunnel Release

After carpal tunnel release surgery, you can regain the motion of your wrist, fingertips, and hands. This surgery reduces pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands. It is helpful even if you have a smaller carpal tunnel from birth. 

Risks or Complications of Carpal Tunnel Release

Although carpal tunnel release is a safe surgical procedure, anesthesia can lead to several complications. It leads to various other risks like:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Injury to blood vessels or median nerves
  • A sensitive scar that hurts too much

Source

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/carpal-tunnel-release

https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/carpal-tunnel/do-i-need-carpal-tunnel-surgery

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002976.htm

Can I treat carpal tunnel syndrome without any surgery?

Yes, you can cure carpal tunnel syndrome without any surgery. If you don’t want to undergo carpal tunnel surgery, you must change your lifestyle and exercise your hands and wrist regularly.

Should I use a heating pad or ice pack to get relief from carpal tunnel?

Heating pads are more effective than ice packs to provide relief from carpal tunnel since it promotes healing and restoration of the damaged tissues.

How can I know that my carpal tunnel syndrome is severe?

Under severe conditions of carpal tunnel syndrome, you will suffer from burning, tingling, itching, or numbness in your palm, thumb, index finger, and middle finger. You will face problems while holding small objects and notice weakness in your hands.

Is it possible that the ligaments might grow back after the carpal tunnel surgery?

Yes, the ligaments might grow back after the carpal tunnel surgery but will not cause severe irritation and pain.

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