The carpal tunnel in your wrist is a small anatomic passageway for the median nerve and the tendons of the muscles of your hand. Trauma or inflammation can cause the contents of the carpal tunnel to become compressed including the median nerve which supplies a major part of your hand. This is known as the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and it’s pretty common.
How do I know if I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The classic signs of carpal tunnel syndrome arise because of median nerve compression. You might feel pain, tingling and numbness in your hand, especially in the thumb, middle finger and the index finger. The pain of the compressed nerve can be severe enough to keep you up at night and might be relieved if the hand is shaken.How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
Depending upon the severity of your symptoms, different treatment approaches can be adopted. If your symptoms are mild, you might find complete relief from splinting and anti-inflammatory medications alone. In more extreme cases you will need to get the surgery done.Carpal Tunnel Surgery
This surgery aims to relieve pressure on the compressed nerve and tendons of the carpal tunnel. This is done by surgically splitting the ligament that is compressing the median nerve. There are two approaches to this surgery: open surgery or endoscopic surgery.
Endoscopic surgery is performed with a tiny camera called the endoscope which is inserted through minute incisions in your wrist. This is a minimally invasive procedure with excellent results.
Open surgery is a more conventional technique where the carpal tunnel is exposed, and the ligament is cut free from the nerve.What happens after the surgery?
Post-operative care of your hand after surgery is vital for good recovery. You will need to wear a bandage or a sling for the first few days.
We will also advise physiotherapy and gentle exercises for the hand for better recovery. It’s also important to avoid heavy lifting and excessive movement of the operated hand. Generally, patients notice a visible improvement in the numbness and pain in about a few weeks to months.