Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition involving pressure on the median nerve in the wrist as it passes through the carpal tunnel, which supplies feeling to the hand. Symptoms include tingling, numbness, and/or pain in the hand and fingers.
The surgical release procedure divides the transverse carpal ligament which forms the roof of this tunnel, and relieves pressure on the median nerve which relieves carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
There are two approaches to this surgery—open release or endoscopic release. Both approaches are usually performed under local anesthesia and you’re able to go home the same day.
The endoscopic approach includes a single small incision hidden in the wrist crease and allows for access to the carpal tunnel using a special scope and camera, which allows for faster recover and less post-operative pain.
The open approach includes a slightly larger incision at the base of the palm of the hand and allows the surgeon to see and access the transverse carpal ligament.
Talk to your surgeon about which procedure is right for you. Consider and discuss recovery times and when you could return to work.