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What Is Carpal Tunnel Release?

This procedure is used for people who are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

Why Is It Done?

Many people are able to treat carpal tunnel syndrome with rest and other therapy. However, in these circumstances, surgery may be warranted:

  • Your symptoms have continued for several months.
  • Your pain is severe and is interfering with everyday activities.
  • You have growths or tumors that all need to be removed.
  • Your nerve has been damaged. 

How to Prepare

Before surgery, you will meet with your surgeon. Be sure to bring a list of any questions you have, and tell your doctor about any medications you are taking. If you rely on this hand for work, you should make arrangements to be out. If your surgery is on your non-dominant hand, you may be able to return to work in a day or two. If the procedure is on a dominant hand that you use for repetitive motions, you may need several weeks to recover.  

What to Expect

This procedure is done under either local or general anesthesia. Make sure you ask your doctor which to expect. During the surgery, your surgeon will make an incision at the base of your palm. Then he or she will cut the transverse carpal ligament to release pressure on your nerve. Then stitches are used to close the incision.

In many cases, you will be able to go home the same day as your surgery. Your hand will be wrapped, and you may wear a splint for a few weeks. Usually, stitches are taken out within two weeks of the procedure.

Most people report positive results from this procedure, and many say their pain was alleviated right away. Learn more about BayCare's Hand and Upper Extremity care.


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