Your carpal tunnel is a narrow and rigid passageway made up of bones and ligaments located on the palm side of your wrist. A major nerve of your forearm and hand, called the median nerve, that controls sensation and movement in your thumb and first three fingers, runs together with tendons through the carpal tunnel.
What is a carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when your median nerve becomes compressed and sometimes injured at the carpal tunnel. This compression may be caused by the tendons also in the carpal tunnel becoming irritated and inflamed or, another swelling that puts pressure on the median nerve.
The pinching of your median nerve at your carpal tunnel can cause numbness, tingling and hand pain.
What are the benefits of a carpal tunnel surgery?
The benefits of carpal tunnel release surgery are that it releases the pressure on your median nerve and in doing so relieves the symptoms of carpal tunnel including pain in your hand, numbness and tingling.
What does a carpal tunnel surgery involve?
Carpal tunnel release surgery is also known as carpal tunnel decompression as it reduces the pressure on your median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel at the base of your hand. This is achieved by cutting and opening your transverse carpal ligament that forms the roof of your carpal tunnel.
Carpal tunnel release surgery is a common, short day case procedure that can be performed by open or keyhole surgery.
Open surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic to block any feeling in your wrist and hand. Your surgeon may also use a tight band to squeeze your upper arm, known as a tourniquet. They will make a cut over the tunnel at your wrist and cut the roof of your carpal tunnel under direct vision.
Endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery is keyhole surgery that involves your surgeon making a small incision in your hand to insert tiny endoscopic instruments that are used to cut your transverse carpal ligament. It may be performed under local, regional or general anaesthetic.
Your surgeon will discuss with you your carpal tunnel surgery options in detail prior to surgery.
How soon will I recover after a carpal tunnel?
You can expect a shorter recovery period after an endoscopic carpal tunnel release than after open surgery.
Every person recovers differently.
After 14 days you should be able to use the hand for normal daily activities such as eating, dressing and, brushing your hair.
You will have your stitches removed around ten to 14 days after your operation or dissolving stitches will disappear after around two to three weeks.
Your grip may be weaker than it was before your surgery but your strength should return between six and 12 weeks after your operation.
Your return to work will depend on your job type and whether your work involves frequent and heavy use of your hands or a lot of heavy lifting.
For driving you should be able to safely and comfortably control your car including the steering wheel.
What is the cost of a carpal tunnel?
The cost of your carpal tunnel procedure will depend on the type of surgery you choose which will be discussed at your consultation. You will then be advised of the guide package price.
We offer a number of options to pay for your carpal tunnel release surgery including an All-inclusive Total Care where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price delivers direct access to all the treatment you need for complete reassurance and medical finance loans.
Carpal Tunnel with Clifton Park Hospital
Clifton Park Hospital is a modern facility with five consulting rooms to assess and discuss your carpal tunnel needs and, a dedicated day case unit to perform carpal tunnel surgery and relieve your hand pain, numbness and tingling.
We proudly work alongside some excellent orthopaedic hand, wrist and elbow consultants who are highly respected and have extensive experience in their speciality.
Appointments are available without waiting at this conveniently located hospital just outside York to discuss your carpal tunnel syndrome.
Contact us to book an appointment.