What are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments?
The hand specialist can inject steroids into the wrist to reduce inflammation.
If carpal tunnel syndrome is severe, hasn’t responded to splints and self-help, or if there is a danger of nerve damage then the hand specialist can operate to decompress the carpal tunnel. This is done as a day surgery via minimally invasive method endoscopic.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Release
The surgery is performed as a day case procedure under local anaesthetic. You will be awake throughout the operation but the area will have been numbed with an injection.
Through either endoscopic or a small incision, your surgeon will cut the ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel. This relieves the pressure on the median nerve and should permanently cure symptoms.
After surgery, your hand will be bandaged for the first few days to reduce swelling.
What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The compression of the median nerve leads to gradually increasing sensations of numbness, tingling and sometimes pain and weakness in the hand, particularly in the thumb, index and middle fingers.
Symptoms can come on at any time, but are often worse at night. The pain and numbness can wake you from your sleep and cause insomnia. Muscle weakness can particularly affect the thumb, making it difficult to grip. If your carpal tunnel syndrome is severe the nerve can be permanently damaged and the muscles can waste away.
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