Carpal tunnel release surgery
The objective for carpal tunnel release surgery is to safely divide the carpal ligament and prevent further damage to the median nerve. This should help preserve existing hand function and potentially allow symptoms to improve.
Surgery is performed under local anaesthetic as a day case procedure.
I use an open, or an endoscopic approach.
The operation takes about thirty minutes: patients should expect to be at hospital between one and two hours. Patients cannot drive home after surgery.
The skin incision is at the base of the palm and is usually less than 2 cm in length.
The skin wounds are closed using a nylon suture.