Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery is the surgical procedure performed as last resort to treat symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome i.e. pain, weakness, and numbness in your fingers, wrist or arm.
When these symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome turn out to be too painful to perform your daily activities and are no longer put in check by medications or braces, your Orthopaedic Surgeon will suggest the Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery avoid further damage.
The goal of Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery is to relieve the pressure on the median nerve and allow the body to heal the nerve to relieve you of your symptoms. Orthopaedist & Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. Chirag Patel at his Joints & Sports Clinic in Surat has successfully relieved these symptoms with Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery.
But what is a carpal tunnel and why is it causing problems to our hand function? Here’s brief info:
Carpal Tunnel – The passage of nerves & muscle tendons:
The Carpal tunnels is a narrow passage in the wrist formed between the wrist bones and tough band of connective tissue called transverse carpal ligament on the top, just where the palm of your hand starts. This carpal tunnel is the passageway for the median nerve and muscle tendons that pass through to the finger and palm. The median nerve controls the muscle tendons and plays a critical role in the movement and feeling of the thumb and two adjacent fingers.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Pressure on the median nerve:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a medical condition where the tissues in the tunnel swell and over time start putting the pressure on the median nerve. This extra pressure on the median nerve can over time lead to pain, numbness, weakness and tingling sensation in your hand. These symptoms can further intensify and can make it tough for you to perform your daily activities that require your wrist for a longer period of time.
In the majority of the cases, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome start without any injury to the wrist. They may spring up while performing activities that require wrist for long periods of time. The symptoms can be more pronounced at night since the wrist is in a bent position during the sleep. In most cases, these symptoms are temporary and subside over time. However, there are also cases where the problem persists for a longer period of time and requires treatment from orthopaedists.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Heredity, Repetitive hand use for longer periods of time, abnormal hand and wrist position, inherent health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or thyroid imbalance can be some of the causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment must start as early as the symptoms start. Simple care like taking frequent brakes, avoiding activities that aggravate symptoms and applying cold packs can suffice when the carpal tunnel syndrome is treated in its earliest stages. Wrist splints (wrist support), Non-steroidal drugs, Corticosteroid injections are some of the non-surgical options used by the wrist specialist doctor to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tummel Release Surgery:
A sad earlier, Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery is performed by Dr. Chirag Patel as the last resort only after all the non-surgical options do not provide adequate relief for the patients. The surgery is a 10-minute procedure where a tiny cut is made at the bottom of the palm to divide the ligament in order to ease the pressure off the median nerve. The wrist surgeon then closes the cut, performs stitches and the patient may be advised to wear a wrist support splint.
The Carpal Tunnel Surgery aftercare involves taking extra care to not put extra pressure on the hand or wrist. Placing your arm up can help you reduce the swelling and wriggling your fingers can improve the blood flow to the fingers. As it is important to keep the bandage dry, patients are advised to use plastic & rubber gloves during the bath.