Your has recommended that you undergo hand surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. But what exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome? The median nerve, which carries sensation to the thumb and first three fingers, passes through a natural passageway in the wrist. This opening called the carpal tunnel is formed by archshaped wrist bones and a connecting ligament. Various conditions, such as pregnancy, injury, arthritis and changes in the tendons caused.
By repetitive motion can crowd the already narrow tunnel, putting pressure on the nerve. This added pressure can cause a tingling sensation in the fingers and the thumb and may even lead to numbness, pain and restricted movement. This combination of symptoms is called the carpal tunnel syndrome. Your Procedure: On the day of your operation, you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
You may receive a sedative by mouth and an intravenous line may be put in. You will then be transferred to the operating table. Your will scrub thoroughly and will apply an antiseptic solution to the skin around the area where the incision will be made. Next, the surgeon will numb the involved area of the hand and wrist with an anesthetic,.
Either with a local injection or by completely blocking a nerve higher up on the arm. When the operative field is completely numb the surgeon will make an incision. Skin and other tissue will be carefully drawn aside to expose the carpal ligament. Then the surgeon will cut the ligament, relieving pressure on the nerve that runs beneath it. Finally the will close the incision with fine sutures.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
Another common condition we see is cubital tunnel syndrome, which is a a compressed ulnar nerve at the elbow, right behind the funny bone. The ulnar nerve travels and it’s, based on its location and anatomic structures around it, it’s prone to getting pinched. Symptoms would include numbness and tingling, mostly in the ring finger and small finger, as well as pain. And a lot of times the symptoms are worse at night. Treatment options include splinting of the elbow at night to try and avoid flexion of the elbow as that position.