Outpatient Surgery Provides Relief
For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Originally published Fall 2000

People from every walk of life, from pianists and artists, to hairdressers and factory workers can be affected by carpal tunnel syndrome. Of course, this condition is most commonly associated with office workers who spend hours a day typing on a computer keyboard. Fortunately, there are several available treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome that can help remedy this painful condition.

Carpal tunnel syndrome results from any repetitive motion that causes significant swelling or irritation of the synovial membranes around the tendons in the carpal tunnel of the hand. This swelling places pressure on the median nerve which carries sensations from the hand to the central nervous system. Symptoms for carpal tunnel syndrome include hand and wrist pain, burning sensations in the middle and index finger, numbness in the thumb and fingers or an “electric shock” feeling throughout the wrist and hand.

Conservative treatment, including rest and the use of a wrist splint, can often prove effective. However, if severe pain cannot be relieved with these measures, a relatively simple surgical solution is available. Carpal tunnel release, which is performed by the neurosurgeons of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, relieves pressure on the median nerve by removing any bone or ligament that is pressing on it. The procedure is performed through an incision in the palm and usually takes one to two hours. Most patients are able to return home the same day.

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