Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Do you suffer from the chronic and painful type of tendonitis called carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)?  Do you know what carpal tunnel syndrome is and, more importantly, the causes and treatment for this tendonitis type?  Here is some beneficial information which may help you decide if you are a candidate for carpal tunnel syndrome?

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is also called median nerve entrapment, referring to the median nerve that runs along your forearm into your wrist and becomes compressed because of swollen tissue….More at What's it like: To get carpal tunnel surgery – NewsOK.com

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms:

Here are a few symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome to help you determine if you, in fact, have this type of tendonitis.  Pain and numbness in the wrist and hand, sometimes a tingling feeling.  The pain could be of a more intense nature like a sharp and piercing pain.  You may have difficulty doing daily things such as combing or brushing your hair.  The symptoms are more intense when doing repetitive movements with your hands like typing or texting.

Treatment for Carpal Tunnel:

The most common treatments for reducing pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome is to wear a wrist splint, take an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibupropen and/or perform hand and wrist exercises.  As a last alternative, there is always surgery.

Surgery – is it right for you?

There are two main types of surgery to alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome – endoscopically or open surgery.  Here's a brief description of both procedures:

Endoscopically:

For your carpal tunnel surgery, your doctor will likely perform the surgery either endoscopically, using a small camera and small incisions, or an open surgery, making about a two-inch incision. It is typically an outpatient surgery performed either by numbing the area or placing you under general anesthesia, meaning you're asleep for the procedure….More at What's it like: To get carpal tunnel surgery – NewsOK.com

Open Surgery:

During an open surgery, your surgeon will make a small incision on your palm. Once inside, your surgeon will cut a ligament in your wrist known as the carpal ligament. This creates more room for the median nerve, which helps you move all of your fingers except your little finger. In some cases, your surgeon might use a microscope to clean up the outside of the nerve….More at What's it like: To get carpal tunnel surgery – NewsOK.com

Surgery should be your last alternative.  Be sure to discuss all your options and risks with your doctor prior to deciding what you want to do.