The carpal tunnel is the space between the carpal bones and ligaments in the wrist where the median nerve and tendons pass through to the hand and fingers. When the tendons inside the carpal tunnel become inflamed, they can put pressure on the median nerve, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome. When conservative treatments are ineffective at relieving carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, surgery may be recommended. Trinity Surgery Center offers carpal tunnel release surgery at our modern facility in San Jose, CA.
How It Works
Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually treated through conservative methods, including physical therapy, braces, anti-inflammatory medications and injection therapy. When these treatments are not effective, carpal tunnel release surgery may be recommended, especially if there is progressive loss of muscle strength and mobility in the hand and fingers. Carpal tunnel release surgery involves cutting the carpal ligament that creates the carpal tunnel to make more space and lessen pressure on the median nerve.
What to Expect
Carpal tunnel release surgery is an outpatient surgery that can be performed under local anesthesia. A small incision on the wrist will be made to access the carpal ligament. During the procedure, the carpal ligament is cut to enlarge the carpal tunnel space and remove pressure on the median nerve. Once the procedure is completed, the incision is stitched shut and the wrist is bandaged. Most patients spend a short recovery time at our facility, then return home. Your surgeon will explain your follow-up steps for post-surgery recovery and care.
Carpal tunnel release surgery can offer relief from the pain, numbness and weakness caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. If you live in the Bay area and are considering carpal tunnel release surgery, Trinity Surgery Center offers excellent patient care and cutting-edge medical technology at our facility in San Jose, CA. Contact us today