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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery in Chembur, Mumbai

A carpal tunnel release is a surgical procedure performed to relieve wrist and finger pain and a tingling numbness due to compression around the wrist joint called carpal tunnel syndrome.

The syndrome or a spectrum of disorders, including pain and numbness, occurs along the hand and fingers when the structures beneath the carpal tunnel, particularly the median nerve, gets compressed due to various reasons.

To seek treatment, you can consult an orthopedic surgeon near you or you can visit an orthopedic hospital near you.

What is carpal tunnel release?

  • The operative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome consists of releasing the tight structure which in this case is the transverse carpal ligament forming the carpal tunnel. 
  • This decompresses the median nerve caught beneath the carpal ligament in the carpal tunnel.
  • Your orthopedic doctor/hand surgeon will perform a preliminary examination and prepare you for this procedure with minimal discomfort.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

  • Pain, tingling and numbness around the thumb, index and middle finger
  • Things start falling from your hand
  • Difficulty in doing daily activities such as holding a bag, cutting vegetables, using a cellphone, writing, typing, etc.
  • Disturbed sleep due to pain and tingling in hand at night

What causes the syndrome?

  • Swelling around your wrist due to various reasons
  • Excessive typing and mouse usage
  • Any adhesions around your wrist due to previous surgery 

When do you need to consult a Doctor?

You should consult an ortho doctor near you if you have pain, tingling and numbness around the thumb, index and middle finger.

You can request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Chembur, Mumbai.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

What are the types of carpal tunnel release? How are they conducted?

At first, local anesthesia will be given to the limb affected to make the procedure completely painless. An orthopedic doctor near you will ensure that the wrist is kept in a comfortable position.

Two kinds of approaches are generally considered:

Open Release:
The orthopedic surgeon will make a small incision or a cut over your wrist joint. The tight ligament is slowly cut in the areas of compression. The incision made is stitched back again and a bandage is applied to protect the stitches.

Endoscopic Release:
A scope or a camera is inserted through a tiny hole made on your wrist. This camera assists the medical instrument in releasing the area of compression by partially cutting the tight carpal ligament. The tiny hole made is stitched back and a small bandage is applied.

Precautions and post-surgery care:

  • The wrist is usually kept immobilized in a wrist splint or forearm brace for several weeks.
  • You will be advised to keep your hand elevated most of the time to keep swelling minimal.
  • Physiotherapy will ensure recovery.


The surgical options for carpal tunnel release have their own advantages and disadvantages depending on what is indicated for you. An orthopedic doctor near you will discuss both options with you and plan for the best.

When can I start driving or ride a bike post surgery?

Within a couple of weeks post surgery, based on your orthopedic surgeon's instructions.

When can I start writing/typing/using my phone?

These activities are usually allowed within a few days but with caution. You cannot overexert your wrist.

Will I be able to lift heavy objects/bags?

Yes, you will be able to lift heavy objects after 6-8 weeks depending upon the strengthening exercises advised by a physiotherapist.

For how long do I have to wear the brace?

The brace helps protect the wrist joint and structures around it from excessive pressure and jerks during daily activities. It also helps in quicker healing. Therefore, it should be worn for a period of 4-6 weeks, depending on your orthopaedic surgeon's advice.


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