Surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel release is usually performed under a local anaesthetic and takes about 20 minutes. You should be able to go home the same day.
Your surgeon will make a small cut on the palm of your hand. They will cut the tight ligament (called the flexor retinaculum) that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel. This stops the nerve being compressed.
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How soon will I recover?
Keep your hand raised and bandaged for two days. It is important to gently exercise your fingers, elbow and shoulder to prevent stiffness.
Your symptoms may continue to improve for up to six months.
Are there any alternatives to surgery?
If your symptoms are mild, a wrist support worn at night often helps. A steroid injection near the carpal tunnel can reduce the numbness or pain in most people.