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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery

During carpal tunnel release, the transverse carpal tunnel ligament is severed to relieve pressure on the median nerve. The surgery may be done by making one incision on the palm side of the wrist, or by making several small incisions.


At times, surgery can be done using an endoscope, a telescope-like device with a tiny camera attached to it that allows the surgeon to see inside your carpal tunnel and perform the surgery through small incisions in your hand or wrist.  In other cases, surgery involves making a larger incision in the palm of your hand over the carpal tunnel and releasing the nerve.

Generally, nonsurgical treatments may be more effective if you have only mild nerve impairment. When the pain or numbness of carpal tunnel syndrome persists more than six months, surgery may be the best option.


Last Modified: February 9, 2010

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