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.
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes pain and numbness in your hand and fingers. It affects one of the main nerves in your hand. It travels from the armpit, down the arm and through the carpal tunnel at the wrist into the hand. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in your wrist.
Made up of small bones. And a tough band of tissue. The carpal tunnel protects the median nerve and tendons that pass through it. These tendons move your fingers and wrist and the median nerve controls your thumb muscles and gives you feeling in your hand.
If the narrow space inside the carpal tunnel is reduced, it can put pressure on the median nerve. This is known as: It can be caused by:. .or a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis which causes swelling around the wrist. When the median nerve is compressed, it may cause pain, numbness,.
And a burning or tingling sensation in your hand and fingers. The muscles in your thumb may also become weak, making it difficult to grip objects. Carpal tunnel syndrome often goes away without treatment, which is common in pregnant women and those under the age of 30. If your symptoms are mild to moderate,.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with a wrist splint or antiinflammatory medicines to reduce the swelling. However, if your symptoms are severe, and no other treatment has worked, your may recommend you have surgery known as: You will be given an injection, local anaesthetic, to numb your hand and arm.
Your surgeon will use either open surgery or keyhole, laparoscopic, surgery. In open surgery, a single incision is made along the base of your palm and a cut is made in the carpal ligament to release the pressure on the median nerve. In keyhole surgery, a smaller incision is made above the wrist.