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Carpal tunnel release

Carpal Tunnel ReleaseWhat is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where there is increased pressure on a nerve that crosses the front of your wrist (the median nerve).

The median nerve runs through a tight tunnel, together with the tendons that bend your fingers.

What are the benefits of surgery?

You should get relief from pain and numbness in your hand. 

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.

What does the operation involve?

The operation can usually be performed under a local anaesthetic and usually takes about 20 minutes.

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 (see figure 1). This stops the nerve being compressed.

What complications can happen?

General complications

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Scarring

Specific complications

  • Numbness in your thumb, index and middle fingers
  • Tenderness of the scar
  • Aching in the wrist
  • Return of numbness and pain
  • Severe pain, stiffness and loss of use of the hand (complex regional pain syndrome)

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day. Keep your hand raised and bandaged for two days. It is important to gently exercise your fingers, elbow and shoulder to prevent stiffness.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Your symptoms may continue to improve for up to six months.

Summary

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness in your thumb, index and middle fingers. A carpal tunnel release should improve your symptoms and prevent permanent nerve damage.

This procedure is available to NHS, self funding and privately insured patients at The Horder Centre. Finance options available.

Guide price for self pay patients

Carpal Tunnel Release

  Consultation Diagnostics Treatment Care after discharge
Hospital costs Included Included £1580 Included
Consultant costs £220 Included Included Included
Estimated total cost £1800
Estimated length of stay Day case

The guide price is correct as of 2nd March 2017

What's included

The prices in the table above (the “Guide Prices”) show what most patients should expect to pay at each appointment and on admission to hospital. The Guide Prices you pay might be different depending on your medical history and the type of implant you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you. Your price quotation will be made clear to you before you proceed with any tests, consultations or treatment.

For more information please contact our Private Patient Pathway Manager on 01892 620934 or email pp@horder.co.uk for a personalised quote and further details on procedures available.

Acknowledgements

Author: Prof. Tim Davis ChM FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)

Illustrations: Medical illustration Copyright ©nucleus medical art.  All rights reserved www.nucleusinc.com

This document is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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Issued June 2017 | Expires end of May 2018

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