Pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated in a variety of ways, but when all other avenues have been explored and pain is still present then it may be time for surgery. Carpal tunnel release relieves the pressure that has built up inside of the carpal tunnel, and thereby reduces the pain and weakness. If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and would like to know your options, or if you have already tried other treatments such as medicine or therapy, get a referral from your physician and contact our office today to schedule an appointment and find out if carpal tunnel release is right for you.
What is Carpal Tunnel Release?
The median nerve and the tendons in the hand run through what is known as the carpal tunnel, and when this area of the body becomes injured it causes swelling of the tissues within the tunnel, which causes pain and weakness within the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by a few different key factors, including congenital predisposition. The procedure remains the same regardless of where the carpal tunnel syndrome originated from, however, and is relatively simple in nature.
Dr. Swafford cuts through the ligament that is causing pressure on the carpal tunnel, which makes more room for the median nerve and the tendons. Usually, the patient is allowed to go home the same day as the surgery, along with some medicine to keep the pain levels in check. The actual surgery either consists of a 2-inch incision into the wrist or 2 half-inch incisions in the wrist and palm. The first is open carpal tunnel surgery and the second is endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery.
What Happens After Carpal Tunnel Release?
A heavy bandage or splint is usually required from 1 to 2 weeks. Afterward, the recovery time can be anywhere from a few days to a few months. You may need to adjust your work schedule so that you can take the time to heal. Your doctor will tell you which activities you may need to a avoid, and you may be given a splint to keep even after the initial 2 weeks in case it is needed later.
Why Might I Need Carpal Tunnel Release?
You only need carpal tunnel release if you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and have exhausted all other options. If you are prepared for the recovery time associated with surgery and think that carpal tunnel release is the best option for you, get a referral from your physician and contact our office today to talk to Dr. Swafford to discuss the best course of action with him.