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Carpal Tunnel Decompression


Carpal Tunnel Decompression, also widely recognised as Carpal Tunnel Release, is a specialised surgical procedure designed to provide relief from the debilitating symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Various contributing factors such as repetitive hand and wrist movements, pre-existing health conditions like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, and even a genetic predisposition, can lead to the onset of CTS.

The primary objective of this surgical intervention is to alleviate the compression on the median nerve, thereby offering improvements in both the functional capabilities and aesthetic appearance of the affected wrist and hand.


The journey towards resolving Carpal Tunnel Syndrome begins with an initial consultation. During this crucial meeting, the surgeon thoroughly evaluates the patient’s condition, including a detailed medical history, physical examinations, and possibly diagnostic tests like electromyography or nerve conduction studies. This comprehensive assessment serves as the foundation for tailoring the surgical approach to the individual patient’s needs.

Anaesthesia options are also discussed at this stage, with local anaesthesia often being the preferred choice due to its safety profile and the comfort it provides to the patient.
The surgical technique for Carpal Tunnel Decompression involves making a carefully planned incision in the palm or wrist to access the transverse carpal ligament.

This ligament is then meticulously severed to relieve the undue pressure exerted on the median nerve. Once this is accomplished, the incision is closed using sutures, and an antibiotic ointment may be applied to the surgical site to minimise the risk of postoperative infection.


Note: Final results may take time as swelling resolves, and tissues settle.
Actual return to activity times will be discussed and agreed with your Surgeon.


You may choose to undergo a Carpal Tunnel Decompression procedure for a number of reasons:

The procedure can significantly reduce visible swelling and deformities in the wrist and hand area, leading to a more natural and healthy appearance.
The surgery aims to restore normal sensation to the fingers and palm, improve muscle strength, and make daily activities like gripping objects or typing more comfortable and less painful.
The alleviation of chronic pain and the restoration of hand function often lead to a marked increase in self-esteem, positively impacting the patient’s social interactions and overall quality of life.


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While surgical procedures offer the potential for significant improvements in health and well-being, it is crucial to understand that they are not without risks. All surgical interventions carry inherent risks, which may include infection, bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring, and the possibility of unsatisfactory results. The specific risks associated with your procedure will be discussed in detail during your pre-operative consultations with our medical team. Our dedicated staff will work closely with you to minimise these risks, ensuring the safest and most successful outcome possible. It’s essential to follow all pre and post-operative instructions meticulously to reduce the likelihood of complications.


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Understanding the surgical options, such as open versus endoscopic surgery, can help patients make an informed decision about their treatment.
Knowing the expected downtime and limitations post-surgery can help patients plan their recovery and return to work or daily activities.
Understanding the likelihood of long-term relief from symptoms can help set realistic expectations for the surgery.
Preventive measures, such as ergonomic adjustments or specific exercises, can be valuable for long-term management of the condition.
Knowing what metrics (e.g., relief from symptoms and improvement in hand function) will be used to evaluate the success of the surgery can help patients understand what to expect post-operatively.