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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery in Kondapur, Hyderabad

Carpal tunnel release surgery is performed for treating and healing the condition called carpal tunnel syndrome. Earlier, it was believed that this condition was caused by a repetitive motion performed by a hand or wrist or an overuse injury. However, now it’s known that it’s most probably a congenital predisposition. This condition can be caused by an injury, like a fracture or a sprain or repetitive usage of a vibrating tool. Also, it has been linked to diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, and diabetes.

What are the causes?

Carpal tunnel release surgery is performed only when you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Even then, your doctor will start with nonsurgical treatments like over-the-counter pain medications, shots of steroids, wrist splints, changing the equipment you use, or physical therapy. In case it doesn’t help reduce pain and swelling, your doctor will recommend carpal tunnel release surgery. Here are some reasons why you might have to get this surgery done:

  • Nonsurgical treatment hasn’t been able to relieve the pain.
  • The doctor performed your median nerve’s electromyography test and diagnosed you with carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Your muscles in the wrists or hands are weak and are getting smaller because of the median nerve’s severe pinching.
  • The symptoms of the condition have lasted for more than six months without any relief.

What are the risks?

Just like any other surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with carpal tunnel release surgery as well. Since anaesthesia is used for the procedure, there are some risks for certain people. Here are some other potential risks of this procedure:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Injury to surrounding blood vessels, median nerve, or other nerves branching out of it
  • A sensitive scar

How to prepare for the surgery?

Before your procedure, make sure that you let your doctor know about all the medications that you have been taking. This includes prescribed and over-the-counter medications, herbs, supplements, vitamins, and drugs. You might have to stop taking some of these medications. Also, quit smoking before the procedure as it can delay healing. At least 6 to 12 hours before the procedure, you are not allowed to drink or eat anything.

What’s the treatment procedure?

This is an outpatient procedure, which means that you will be able to go home on the same day. Also, there are two types of carpal tunnel release procedures. The first one is the open release method in which the doctor performs the surgery by cutting open the wrist. The second one is endoscopic carpal tunnel release in which the doctor inserts a thin and flexible tube with a camera at an end through a tiny incision into the wrist. The doctor performs the surgery by putting tools into the wrist through other small incisions. In both cases, the surgery has the following general steps:

  • Your wrist and hand will be numbed using a local anaesthetic or you might be administered general anaesthesia.
  • In the case of an open release procedure, the doctor makes a 2-inch long incision on the wrist and then uses common surgical instruments for cutting the carpal ligament and enlarging the carpal tunnel.
  • In the case of the endoscopic procedure, the doctor will make two, half-inch long incisions; one on the palm and the other on the wrist. Then, they will insert a camera attached to a tube into one of the incisions. Next, using the camera as a guide, the doctor will insert the instruments through the other incision and cut the carpal ligament.
  • Then, the doctor will stitch the incisions up.
  • Your wrist and hand will be heavily bandaged or placed in a splint to stop you from moving your hand.
  • Carpal tunnel can be treated. Therefore, if you notice any symptoms, visit a healthcare professional.

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1. How long does recovery from carpal tunnel release surgery take?

It can be anywhere between a few weeks to months. In case your nerve has been compressed for a long time, recovery might take even longer.

2. When should I contact a doctor?

If you have a fever, increased pain around the incision, and swelling, bleeding, redness, or drainage from the incision, you have to contact a doctor immediately.


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