Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery and Treatment at Bella Vou

At-a-glance
Duration 1 hour
Anaesthesia Local anaesthetic
Hospital Stay None
Recovery 1 - 2 days
Addresses Tingling, aching, burning, heaviness, numbness or clumsiness affecting one or both hands

Pressure can build up around nerves in the arm and hand. When this occurs the nerve is said to be ‘trapped’ and this causes combinations of pins-and-needles, aching, burning pain, numbness and may progress to a stage where muscles are permanently weakened. Symptoms can become more continuous and interfere with sleep and daily activities. Carpal Tunnel Surgery aims to relieve this pain by reducing the pressure on the median nerve.

Is this right for me?

If you have tingling, aching, burning, heaviness, numbness or clumsiness affecting one or both hands you may have carpal tunnel syndrome caused by a build up of pressure on a large nerve in the hand. The pressure can be released with a simple operation, done while you are awake and often the symptoms start to settle as soon as the pressure has been released.

If you have continuous symptoms of numbness or weakness, permanent damage may be occurring and carpal tunnel release is strongly recommended. If symptoms are intermittent and/or mild it may be possible to treat these without resorting to surgery.

What the procedure involves

After personal consultation with our experienced cosmetic surgeons, they will be able to recommend which form of cosmetic treatment is best for you. Carpal tunnel syndrome in its mildest form may be treated with a removable splint. Where the condition is more severe it will be necessary to release the pressure on the nerve with a short operation. This is a day case, awake procedure (local anaesthetic). Most patients report that their condition is improved within a day or two of surgery. After the operation, gentle daily activities are encouraged immediately, although very repetitive or strenuous activities will not be possible for several weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can Carpal Tunnel come back after surgery?
  • When can I drive after Carpal Tunnel surgery?
  • Will Carpal Tunnel surgery leave a scar?
  • Will I have to take time off work for Carpal Tunnel surgery?
  • Will I need hand therapy after Carpal Tunnel surgery?
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel illustrationBy far the most common nerve to be trapped is the ‘median’ nerve in the ‘Carpal Tunnel’ of the hand. The carpal tunnel is in the heel of the hand and is a narrow channel between the bones of the wrist which contains several tendons and the median nerve. Pressure can build up in this narrow channel, usually because of some mild swelling on the tendons. The pressure affects the median nerve and this causes the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which may be felt in the fingers, hand and forearm.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

The next most common nerve to be trapped in the arm is the ‘Ulnar’ nerve. Often getting trapped behind the elbow, this is known as ‘Cubital Tunnel Syndrome’. Despite being trapped at the elbow, the symptoms are felt in the hand and fingers (usually the little finger).

A trapped nerve at the wrist can frequently be diagnosed in clinic without the need for special tests but in some cases nerve conduction tests will be needed to help with diagnosis, especially if cubital tunnel syndrome is suspected.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery at Bella Vou

Before surgery, one of our experienced cosmetic specialists will meet with you personally to assess your symptoms and ensure that Carpal Tunnel Surgery is the right option for you. Carpal tunnel syndrome in its mildest form may be treated with a removable splint. Where the condition is more severe it will be necessary to release the pressure on the nerve with a short operation. This will be a day case, awake procedure (local anaesthetic).

Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery

Most people who have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome have fewer or no symptoms of pain and numbness in their hand after surgery. Most patients report that their condition is improved within a day or two of surgery. After the operation, gentle daily activities are encouraged immediately, although very repetitive or strenuous activities will not be possible for several weeks.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery and Treatment at Bella Vou
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