Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive condition caused by compression of a median nerve in the wrist, leading to its severe pain and weakness. Carpal tunnel release is a surgical procedure, performed to treat this condition when everything else fails. Leaving this condition untreated for long can cause permanent damage to the median nerve leading to loss of function of the hand.
Carpal tunnel release surgery is advised in conditions that include
- Constant pain associated with numbness, muscle weakness, or atrophy
- Symptoms for more than 6 months and no response to non-surgical methods
- Progressive deterioration of hand functions
There are two types of surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome for one or both hands:
1. Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
2. Endoscopic or “Keyhole” Surgery