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Carpal Tunnel Release

Overview:

Carpal tunnel release surgery is the most common surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. This surgery involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament in the wrist to relieve the pressure on the median nerve that is causing pain, numbness, and tingling.

Procedure:

This surgery is not performed under general anesthesia, but local anesthesia. There is a small incision in the palm of the affected hand near the wrist. The surgeon will cut the transverse carpal ligament. Sometimes tissue around the nerve is removed as well. The incision is closed with sutures. This surgery can take as little as 15 minutes and is done on an outpatient basis.

This surgery can be performed at Cheyenne Surgical Center.

Post-Op Care:

You will be encouraged to use the surgical hand, however, you will be placed on lifting, pulling restrictions of 20 lbs or less.

Showering/Bathing:

You can shower immediately following surgery, however, bathing is not recommended until the sutures are removed. The incision will need to be covered when taking a shower. You will be sent home with hospital gloves to use when showering at home.