Carpal Tunnel Surgery - Medical Negligence Solicitors Compensation Claims


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Carpal Tunnel Surgery

In an open carpal tunnel release, the transverse carpal ligament is severed, taking the pressure off the median nerve, which supplied the palm of the hand, part of the back of the hand and the first through half of the fourth fingers. In the surgery, an incision is made in the palm of the hand and the transverse carpal ligament is visualized and cut. The skin is closed with sutures. Usually one hand at a time is done. The procedure is an outpatient procedure done under local or regional anaesthesia, and stitches are placed.

The hand is wrapped after surgery and the sutures are removed about 10-14 days following the surgical procedure. The numbness and pain can go away right away or can take several months to go away. Patients must avoid heavy use of the hand for 3 months.

Open carpal tunnel surgery is done whenever:
  • Nonsurgical treatment has been tried and failed.
  • There is evidence of nerve damage.
  • Symptoms are severe.
  • Tumors or other growths of the hand and arm need to be removed.

Risk and complications of open carpal tunnel surgery are very low. Damage to the nerve happens in less than one percent of cases. Other tissue besides the median nerve can be damaged in a carpal tunnel surgery. Recovery can be lower than with endoscopic surgery. There are risks of general anaesthesia; this is why local anaesthesia is often done along with a regional block of the area.

Overall recovery offers a longer recovery time than with endoscopic surgery but there are fewer nerve damage complications with this type of procedure as opposed to endoscopic surgery.

In endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery for carpal tunnel surgery, a thin flexible tube that carries a lighted camera at the end of it is guided through a small incision in the volar aspect of the wrist. There is the possibility of two incisions: one in the palm and one in the wrist. Tiny instruments are passed through the endoscope that cut the transverse carpal ligament, relieving the pressure from the median nerve. Small sutures are used to close the incision or incisions. The gap where the transverse carpal ligament used to be will fill in with scar tissue. This is an outpatient surgery that can be done without a hospital stay.

The recovery time is shorter with endoscopic surgery than with open surgery. Large areas of the palm are left undisturbed. The pain may go away immediately or can take several months to dissipate. You should avoid heavy use of the hand for at least a couple of weeks. The time it takes to go back to work depends on whether or not you are using your dominant hand and what work activities you have to do. You can go back to work in 1-2 days if you are using non-dominant hand very sporadically. If it involves the dominant hand and you do repetitive motion with the hand, it may take at least four weeks before you can effectively return to work.

Endoscopic carpal tunnel release is performed when you have failed surgical treatment of the hand. If you have nerve damage, you should have the surgery earlier rather than later. If your symptoms are severe, it is time to have surgery. You can have your surgery endoscopically if you have no damage to your median nerve as shown by test results. You are more likely to have your surgery endoscopically if you are having bilateral surgery.

Risks and complications of this type of surgery are minimal. Damage to a major nerve happens in less than one percent of cases. Other problems include blood vessel trauma, small nerve trauma and tendon trauma. There are risks of general anaesthesia but most of the cases are done under local and regional trauma.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery - Medical Negligence Solicitors

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here