Carpal tunnel release is surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is pain and weakness in the hand that is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. Release can be performed as an outpatient procedure usually under local anesthesia and sedation.
- Improves pain and function of the hand
All patients with carpal tunnel syndrome who did not have improvement with conservative treatment, such as steroid injections, NSAIDs or splints, should consider release. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.
Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home the same day. Medications for pain and nausea to be taken by mouth are routinely prescribed. Some bruising and swelling are expected but are generally well tolerated and improve over several days. Strenuous exercises and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for 8 weeks.
All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. The sutures used in carpal tunnel release are removed in the office during your follow up appointment.
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