Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Surgery to relieve pressure on the median nerve at the wrist (carpal tunnel decompression) usually results in improvement or elimination of the pain experienced in the hand, and often improves the pins and needles and numbness. Generally speaking most people are pleased with the outcome of surgery. The surgery is performed under local anaesthesia and people go home the same day.
The procedure involves making a small incision over the wrist, and release of the fascia (roof of the carpal tunnel), to free the nerve.
We would say the risk of catastrophic neurological damage amount to less than 1:100. There is a small risk of infection, bleeding and re-compression from scar tissue, which may necessitate further consideration for surgery.
Most people are admitted on the day of surgery and can expect to go home over the same day. The operation usually takes about 15mins to perform. This is not generally a painful operation. We advise individuals not use the operated on arm fully for the first 10-14 days, to allow the wound to heal satisfactorily.