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Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

  • What is carpal tunnel release surgery?

    Carpal tunnel release surgery

    Carpal tunnel release is a procedure to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, by cutting the carpal ligament to reduce pressure on the median nerve. The carpal ligament is one of the tissues that connect the bones in your wrist together and the nerve runs through this tunnel from your wrist to your hand.

    Carpal tunnel release surgery is a minor procedure that can be performed as day surgery with local anaesthetic. The operation is usually done through a small cut on the palm of your hand, near your wrist, or by keyhole surgery.

  • Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is usually done if you have had moderate to severe symptoms that have lasted for 6 months or longer. Symptoms include pain, numbness and tingling in your fingers or hand. Usually the thumb and index, middle or ring fingers are affected, but not your little finger (the little finger can sometimes also feel numb, but this is rare). The strange feeling may also travel up your forearm. Often, symptoms start at night and as your condition gets worse, you may notice symptoms during the day also. The pain should go away immediately after surgery, but nerve symptoms of numbness and tingling may take longer to improve. This is because the nerve may need some time to recover.

    As with most surgeries, carpal tunnel release surgery is not without its risks. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor before the procedure.

  • Prior to surgery and depending on your health, your doctor may recommend some tests to ensure you are able to proceed with the surgery.

    Preparing for carpal tunnel release surgery

    You will need to stop taking any medications that affect blood clotting and fast up to 12 hours before surgery.

    During carpal tunnel release surgery

    Carpal tunnel release surgery involves cutting the ligament around the carpal tunnel to relieve pressure on the median nerve. It is usually done with local anaesthesia.

    In an open surgery, a single incision is made, allowing the surgeon to cut the carpal ligament and enlarge the carpal tunnel using normal surgical tools.

    In an endoscopic surgery, 1 or 2 cuts are made (depending on which techniques are employed), through which a thin tube with a camera, and small surgical tools are inserted to perform the procedure.

    Finally, the incision or incisions will be stitched up and your hand bandaged or placed in a splint to prevent movement while healing.

    After carpal tunnel release surgery

    Carpal tunnel release is usually a day surgery procedure, allowing you to return home on the same day. It is normal to feel pain, which can be managed with pain medication.

    You will need to keep your wrist bandaged or in a splint for 1 – 2 weeks. During this time, keeping your hand elevated at night may help to reduce swelling.

    After the surgery, inform your doctor immediately if you have a fever, experience increased pain in the wrist or notice redness, swelling or bleeding from the surgical site.

    Recovery period for carpal tunnel release surgery

    After the bandage or splint is removed, physiotherapy will help you to regain range of movement and strength in your wrist. Recovery time will vary, ranging from a few weeks to a few months.

    Risks associated with carpal tunnel release surgery

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Injury to the median nerve or nerves that branch out from it
    • Injuries to nearby blood vessels
    • A sensitive scar
  • Mount Elizabeth Hospitals have over 40 years’ experience in helping patients to improve their orthopaedic health.

    Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause significant pain, affecting daily activities and quality of life. If you feel pain, numbness or tingling in the wrist, make an appointment to see our specialists for a diagnosis and further advice.

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    • Chew Yoon Chong Winston

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      Hand Surgery Associates
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-51/52/53
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
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      6690 5690
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      Centre For Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery
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      3 Mount Elizabeth #06-05
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
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      6733 8273
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      Centre For Hand And Reconstructive Microsurgery
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      3 Mount Elizabeth #06-05
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
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    • Lee Yi-Liang Jonathan

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      Dr Jonathan Lee Hand, Wrist And Upper Limb Surgery
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      3 Mount Elizabeth #12-08
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
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      Centre For Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery
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      290 Orchard Road #09-08
      Paragon Medical Centre
      Singapore 238859
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      Clinic:
      Centre For Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery
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      3 Mount Elizabeth #06-05
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
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      6733 8273
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      Singapore 329563
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      6690 5690
    • Tan Puay Ling

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      Infinity Hand, Wrist & Reconstructive Surgery Centre
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      6735 4220
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      Advanced Hand, Wrist & Nerve Centre
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      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-62/63
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      Singapore 329563
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      6592 5522
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      3 Mount Elizabeth #10-01
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    • Tan Ter Chyan

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      Singapore 329563
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